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Full text of "Five hundred pointes of good husbandrie. The ed. of 1580 collated with those of 1573 and 1577. Together with a reprint from the unique copy in the British Museum, of A hundreth good pointes of husbandrie, 1557"

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FIUE HUNDRED POINTES 

OF 

GOOD HUSBANDRIE. 



THOMAS TUSSER. 



The Edition of 1580 collated with those of 1573 and 1577. Together 

WITH A Reprint, from the Unique Copy in the British 

Museum, of " A Hundreth Good Poixtes 

of Husbandrie," 1557. r 

EDITED (with INTRODUCTION, NOTES, AND GLOSSARY) BY 

W. PAYNE, ESQ., and SIDNEY J. HERRTAGE, ESQ., B.A. 



LONDON: 

PUBLISHED FOR THE ENGLISH DIALECT SOCIETY 

BY TRUBNER & CO., 57 and 59, LUDGATE HILL. 

1878. 



vi Preface. 

the Glossary. The notes also from Tusser Redivivus (marked 
T.R.) were for the most part extracted by Mr. Payne. 

A reprint of the First Edition of 1557 was not included in 
the original programme, but after the work came into my hands 
an opportunity was presented through the kindness of Mr. F. 
]. Furnivall, who lent for the purpose his copy of the reprint 
of 1 8 10, of exhibiting the work in its original form of "One 
hundreth Points " side by side with the extended edition of 
1580, the last which had the benefit of the author's supervision. 
The proof-sheets have been collated with the unique copy in 
the British Museum by Miss Toulmin-Smith, to whom I return 
my thanks for her kindness, and the correctness of the reprint 
may consequently be relied on. From Mr. F. J. Furnivall I 
have received numerous hints, and much valuable help, while 
to Mr. J. Britten, F.L S., I am indebted for his kindness in 
revising and supplementing the notes on the Plants named in 
Tusser. But my chief obligations are due to the Rev. W. W. 
Skeat, whose uniform kindness has considerably lightened my 
labours, and from whom both directly and indirectly (through 
the notes in his numerous publications), but more particularly 
in his noble edition of Piers Plowman, I have derived the 
greatest assistance. 

May \\th, 1878. S. J. H. 



CONTENTS 



PAGE 

Preface , v 

Biographical Sketch of the Author xi 

Tusser's Will xxix 

A lesson how to confer euery abstract with his montli, &c. ... 2 
A Table of the Pointes of Husbandrie ...... 3 

1. Epistle to Lord W. Paget 5 

2. Epistle to Lord T. Paget 7 

3. To the Reader 1 1 

4. Introduction to the Booke of Husbandrie 13 

5. Preface to the Buier of this Booke I4 

6. The Commodities of Husbandrie . . . . . ' . 1 5 

7. A Riddle i5 

8. The Description of Husbandrie i6 

9. The Ladder to thrift I? 

10. Good husbandlie lessons .... .... i8 

11. An habitation inforced better late than neuer , 27 

12. The fermers dailie diet ......... 27 

13. Description of the properties of windes at all seasons . . . .29 

14. Of the Planets .30 

15. Septembers Abstract . . . . . . . . . -31 

16. Septembers husbandrie ......... 34 

17. A digression to husbandlie furniture 35 

18. Octobers abstract . 43 

19. Octobers husbandrie -47 

20. Nouembers abstract ......... 53 

21. Nouembers husbandrie ......... 55 

22. Decembers abstract . . . . , . . . . 59 

23. Decembers husbandrie ......... 61 



viii Contents. 

PAGE 

24. A digression to hospitalitie 65 

25. Description of time and the yeare 65 

26. Description of life and riches . 66 

27. Description of housekeeping 67 

28. Description of Christmas 67 

29. Description of apt time to spend ....... 68 

30. Against fantasticall scruplenes 69 

31. Christmas husbandlie fare ......... 69 

32. A Christmas Caroll 7° 

33. Januaries abstract .......... 72 

34. Of trees or fruites to be set or remooued ..... 76 

35. Januaries husbandrie .......... 7^ 

36. Februaries abstract 85 

37. Februaries husbandrie 87 

38. Marches abstract 91 

39. Seedes and herbes for the Kitchen 93 

40. Herbes and rootes for sallets and sauce ...... 94 

41. Herbes and rootes to boile or to butter -95 

42. S trowing herbes of all sortes 95 

43. Herbes, branches, and flowers, for windowes and pots . . -95 

44. Herbes to still in Sommer ........ 96 

45. Herbes for Physick, etc 96 

46. Marches husbandrie . . . 97 

47. Aprils abstract 102 

48. Aprils husbandrie .......... 103 

49. A lesson for dairie maid Cisley ........ 107 

50. Males abstract 109 

51. Males husbandrie . . .Ill 

62. Junes abstract . . . . . . . . . .116 

53. Junes husbandrie 117 

64. Julies abstract .......... 121 

55. Julies husbandrie . 122 

56. Augusts abstract ..... ..... 124 

67. Augusts husbandrie . .128 

58. Come Haruest equally deuided into ten partes . . . .136 

59. A briefe conclusion, each word beginnmg with the letter T . . . 137 

60. Mans age deuided into twelue seauens 138 

61. Another diuision of mans age .138 

62. Comparison between good and bad husband 139 

63. Comparison betweene Champion countrie and seuerall . . . 140 

64. Description of an enuious neighbour 146 



Co7iteiits. ix 

PAGE 

64.* To light a can dell before the Deuill 148 

65. A sonet against a slanderous tongue . . . . . .150 

66. Sonet upon the Authors first seuen yeeres seruice . . . • ^5^ 

67. Dialogue on wiuing and thriuing . . . . . . .152 

68. The Authors Epistle to the Ladie Paget 1 59 

69. The Authors Epistle to the Reader l6l 

70. The Author's Preface to his booke of Huswiferie .... 162 

71. The praise of Huswiferie ........ 162 

72. A description of Huswife and Huswiferie . . • . . . . 163 

73. Instructions to Huswiferie . . , . . . . .163 

74. A digression to cockcrowing . . . . . . . .165 

75. Huswiferie morning workes • . . . . . . .167 

76. Huswifelie breakefast workes . . . . . . . .168 

77. Huswifelie admonitions or lessons ....... 168 

78. Brewing 170 

79. Baking 171 

80. Cookerie . . . . . . , . . . . • 171 

81. Dairie 172 

82. Scouring . . . ... . . ... .172 

83. Washing ... - 173 

84. Malting 173 

85. Dinner time huswiferie . . . . . . . . .174 

86. Huswifelie afternoone workes . . . . . . . -175 

87. Huswifelie euening workes . . . . . . . .177 

88. Supper time huswiferie . . . . . . . . .178 

89. After Supper workes of huswiferie . . . . . .179 

90. The ploughmans feasting dales . . . , . . . ,180 

91. The good huswifelie Physicke ....... 182 

92. The good motherlie nurserie . . 183 

93. A precept of thinking on the poore . , . . . .183 

94. A comparison betweene good huswiferie and euill . . . .184 

95. The meanes for children to attaine to learning . . . .185 

96. A description of womans age from fourteene to fourescore and foure , 187 

97. The Inholders posie 187 

98. Certain Table Lessons 188 

99. Lessons for waiting seruants . . . . . . . .189 

100, Husbandly posies for the hall ........ 190 

101, Posies for the parler ......... 190 

102, Posies for the gests chamber 191 

103, Posies for thine owne bed chamber . . . , . .192 

104, A Sonet to the Ladie Paget 193 



X Contents. 

VKGZ 

105. Principall points of Religion . . .... • • 193 

106. The Authors beleefe 194 

107. Of the omnipotencie of God and debilitie of man . . . 199 

108. Of Almes deedes . . . . . . . , . . . 200 

109. Of malus homo .......... 201 

110. Of two sortes of people . . . . . . . . .201 

111. Of what force the deuill is if he be resisted ..... 201 

112. Eight of Saint Barnards verses in Latine and English .... 202 

113. Of the Authors departing from the Court ..... 204 

114. The Authors life of his own penning ....... 205 

115. Of Fortune 216 

Epistle to Lord Paget (1557) 220 

Augusts husbandrie .......... 222 

Septembers husbandrie .......... 223 

Octobers husbandrie .......... 223 

Nouembers husbandrie ..... ..... 224 

Decembers husbandrie .......... 225 

On Christmas ............ 225 

Januaries husbandrie .......... 226 

Februarys husbandrie .......... 228 

Marches husbandrie 229 

A digression to huswifrie 229 

Aprils husbandrie 229 

INIays husbandrie ...... ..... 230 

Junes husbandrie ........... 231 

Julys husbandrie ........... 232 



Notes and Illustrations 235 

Glossary 319 



BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF THE AUTHOR, 



Thomas Tusser, the Author of the "Five Hundred Points of 
Good Husbandry," was born at Rivenhall/ near Kelvedon and 
Witham, in the County of Essex, about the year 1525. The 
exact date of his birth is uncertain, Warton- placing it in 1523, 
and Dr. Mavor in 15 15, in which he is supported by the in- 
scription on the mural tablet erected to the memory of Tusser 
in the church of Manningtree, where he is stated to have 
been sixty-five years of age at the time of his death, which 
took place in 1580. 

Tusser, however, appears to have been elected to King's 
College, Cambridge, in 1543, and as he would have become 
ineligible at nineteen, his birth cannot have taken place earlier 
than 1523, and, most probably, did not take place before 1524 
or 1525. 

It appears from the pedigree recorded by his nephew, John 
Tusser, the son of his eldest brother Clement, at the Herald's 
Visitation of Essex in 1570, which is the only record we have 



^ The name of Tusser does not appear in the parochial registers at Rivenhall, 
which only extend back to 1634. According to Dr. Mavor, the name and race 
have long been extinct. 

- History of EngUsh Poetry, 1S40, vol. iii. p. 248. 



xii Biographical Sketch of the Author. 

of the family, that " William Tusser, the father, had five sons, 
Clement, Andrew, John, Thomas, and William, and four daughters ; 
the marriages of the daughters are set down, but no wives as- 
signed to the sons, except to Clement, who married Ursula Petts, 
and had issue John (who entered the pedigree), Edward, and 
Jane, all three unmarried in 1570. The mother of Thomas was 
[Isabella], a daughter of Thomas Smith, of Rivenhall, in Essex, 
Esq., whose elder brother, Hugh, was ancestor of Smith, Lord 
Carrington (not the present lord), sister of Sir Clement Smith, 
who married a sister of the Protector Somerset, and first cousin 
of Sir John Smith, one of the Barons of the Exchequer in the 
reign of Edward the Sixth. This match with Smith I take 
to have been the chief foundation of gentility in the Tussers, 
for I can find no traces of them or their arms before this con- 
nexion." ^ 

At a very early age, and notwithstanding his mother's tears and 
entreaties, he was placed by his father as a singing-boy in the 
Collegiate Chapel of the Castle of Wallingford, in Berkshire, 
which, according to Warton,'^ consisted of a dean, six prebendaries, 
six clerks, and four choristers, and was dissolved in 1549. He 
has himself recorded ^ in his homely and quaint style the hard- 
ships which he had to endure at this school, the bare robes, the 
college fare, the stale bread, and the penny ale. The excellence 
of his voice appears to have attracted the notice of some of those 
persons to whom at that time "placards" or commissions were 



1 Letter from J. Townsend, Esq., Windsor Herald, to Dr. Mavor, quoted in 
his edition of Tusser, p. 7. 

2 History of English Poetry, 1840, vol. iii. p. 24S, 
^ See chapter 113, stanza 5. 



Biographical Sketch of the Author. xiii 

issued, authorizing them to impress singing-boys for the King's 
Chapel.^ Afterwards, by the good offices of some friend, he was 
admitted into the choir of St. Paul's Cathedral, where he acquired 
a considerable proficiency in music under the tuition of John 
Redford, the organist and almoner, of whom he speaks in terms 
of the highest praise. From St. Paul's he was sent to Eton, 
probably in 1540 or 1541, "to learn the Latin phrase," and was 
for some time a pupil of Nicholas Udall,^ the author of " Roister 
Bolster," who appears to have been a second Orbilius, and by 
whom he was unmercifully thrashed, receiving on one occasion, 
" for fault but small, or none at all," no fewer than fifty-three 
stripes. 

From Eton he passed on to Cambridge, and, as already stated, 
was elected to King's College in 1543,^ but afterwards removed 
to Trinity Hall, of which he appears to have retained pleasant 
memories. Being obliged by a long illness to discontinue his 
studies, he left the University, and joined the Court as a retainer 
of William, Lord Paget,* by whom he was probably employed as 



^ Dr. Rimbault, in his Cheque Book of the Chapel Royal, quotes the following 
from Liber Niger Domini Regis (ternp. Edward VI. ) : " The children of the 
Chappelle were 8 in number, with a Master of Songe to teach them. And when 
any of the children comene to be xviij yeares of age, and their voices change, ne 
cannot be preferred in this Chappelle, the nombere being full, then, yf they will 
assente, the kyng assynethe them to a College of Oxford or Cambridge of his 
fundatione, there to be at fynding and studye both suffycyently, tylle the king may 
otherwise advanse them." — Query, was Tusser assigned in this way to King's 
College, Cambridge? 

2 Nicholas Udall took his degree of M.A. at Oxford in 1534. 

» Hatcher, MSS. Catalog. Prrepos. Soc. Schol. Coll. Regal. Cant. 

* Of this nobleman, the ancestor of the Earl of Uxbridge, a very full account 
is given in Dugdale, from which it appears that he was bom at Wednesbury in 
Staffordshire, his father being one of the Serjeants-at-Mace of the city of London. 
Under Henry VIII. he was Ambassador to France, and Master of the Post. In 
1549 he obtained a grant of the fee of the house without Temple Bar, first called 



xiv Biographical Sketch of the Author. 

a musician, and of whom he speaks in terms of praise and aftec- 
tion. In this manner the next ten years were passed, and during 
this time his parents died. At the end of this period, either from 
disgust at the vices of the Court, or finding, to use his own words, 
" the Court began to frown," he retired into the country, married,' 
and settled down as a farmer at Cattiwade,- a hamlet in the parish 
of Brantham, in Suffolk, and on the borders of Essex, where he 
composed his " Hundredth Good Pointes of Husbandrie," the first 
edition of which appeared in 1557. 

In consequence of his wife's ill-health, he removed to Ipswich, 
" a town of price, like Paradise." Here his wife died, and he 
married Amy, daughter of Edmond Moon, and settled down at 
West Dereham in Norfolk. On leaving this town, on account of 
the litigious character of his neighbours, he became, probably 



Paget House, then Leicester House, and lastly Essex House. Two years after- 
wards he was Ambassador to the Emperor Charles V., and in the same year was 
called by writ to Parliament by the title of Lord Paget of Beaudesert, Com. Salop., 
and soon after sent to treat for peace with France. On the fall of the Duke of 
Somerset, he was charged with designing the murder of several noblemen at Paget 
House, and in consequence was sent to the Tower, deprived of his honours and 
offices, and fined ;(f6ooo, one-third of which was remitted. On the death of 
Edward VI. he joined the Earl of Arundel, the chief champion of Queen Mary, and 
gained her favour by his activity. Soon after her marriage with Philip, he was 
sent Ambassador to the Emperor at Brussels, to consult Cardinal Pole respecting 
the restoration of Popery. In this reign he was made Lord Pri\'y Seal. Lord 
Paget died very aged, in 1563, and was buried at Drayton in Middlesex. He 
left issue by Anne, daughter of — Prestin, Esq., Co?n. Lane, three sons and 
five daughters. His eldest son Henry succeeded him in the title ; but dying 
in 1568, the peerage descended to his next brother, Thomas, whom Tusser claims 
also for a patron. Thomas being zealously affected to Popery, and implicated 
in the plots in favour of Mary Queen of Scots, fled and was attainted 1587, 
and died three years after at Brussels, leaving one son, Thomas, who succeeded 
him. 

^ Of the name and family of his first wife we are entirely ignorant. 

' In later editions printed Ratwade, and transferred to Sussex, a mistake into 
which Warton has fallen. 



Biographical Sketch of the Author. xv 

through the influence of his patron, Sir Robert Southwell/ a lay- 
clerk or singing-man in the Cathedral at Norwich, the Dean of 
which, John Salisbury, appears to have befriended him in every 
way. 

From Norwich a painful illness caused him to remove to Fair- 
sted, about four miles from Witham, in Essex, the tithes of which 
parish he farmed ; becoming involved in " tithing strife," he left 
that village, and once more returned to London, where we find 
him living in St. Giles's, Cripplegate, in 1572.^ The plague, how- 
ever, breaking out,^ he returned to Cambridge, where he at last 
found "a resting plot" in his favourite College, Trinity Hall, in 
the choir of which he appears to have been employed, as he was 
matriculated as a servant of the College, probably on May 5th, 

His death, as appears from a paper read before the London and 
Middlesex Archaeological Society, took place in London, on the 
3rd May, 1580, in the fifty-fifth or fifty-sixth year of his age. His 
will,* which is dated 25th April of that year, was proved by his son 
on the 8th August following. 

He was buried in the Church of St. Mildred, in the Poultry, 



^ Tusser is generally supposed to have addressed Sir Richard Southwell as 
"Thou worthy wight, thou famous knight," but it is clear that Sir Robert South- 
well is intended, for in 1573 Tusser alludes to Southwell's death as having occurred 
some years before, but Sir Richard Southwell did not die till 1579, while Sir 
Robert died twenty years previously. — Cooper, Ath. Cant. 

"^ His second son, Edmond, was baptized at St. Giles's, Cripplegate, 13th March, 
1572-3- 

^ The plague to which Tusser evidently alludes (in stanza 31 of Autobio- 
gaphy), according to Maitland, raged in London in 1573 and 1574. 

* Cooper, Ath. Cantab, vol. i. p. 422. 

^ See p. xxix. 



xvi Biographical Sketch of the Author. 

where was formerly, according to Stow,^ a monument to his 

memory, inscribed as follows : 

" Here Thomas Tusser, clad in earth doth lie, 
That sometime made the Poyntes of Husbandrie ; 
By him then learne thou maist, here learne we must, 
When all is done we sleepe and turne to dust, 
And yet through Christ to heaven we hope to go, 
Who reades his bookes, shall find his faith was so." 

This inscription is perfectly in character with the man, and was 
probably written by Tusser himself. 

A mural tablet to his memory has been erected in Manningtree 
Church in Essex, with the following inscription : " Sacred to the 
memory of Thomas Tusser, Gent., born at Rivenhall, in Essex, 
and occupier of Braham HalP near this town, in the reign of King 
Edward the Sixth, where he wrote his celebrated poetical treatise, 
entitled. Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry, etc. His 
writings show that he possessed a truly Christian spirit, and his 
excellent maxims and observations on rural affairs evince that he 
was far in advance of the age in which he lived. He died in 
London in 1580, at the age of 65, and was interred in the parish 
church of St. IMildred in the Poultr}', where the following epitaph, 
said to have been written by himself, recorded his memor)' ; " then 
follows a copy of the epitaph already given. 



^ Survey of London, ed. 1618, p. 474. The church of St. Mildred was destroyed 
in the Great Fire. 

2 Braham Hall was in 1460 the residence of Sir John Braham, and is about a 
mile and a half from Manningtree, and in the parish of Brantham, where Tusser 
first introduced the culture of barley ; 

" In Brantham where rye but no barley did grow, 
Good barley I had, as a many did know. 
Five seam of an acre, I truly was paid, 

For thirty load muck of each acre so laid." — Chapt. 19, st. 9. 
The field where barley first grew at Brantham is still pointed out by tradition. 



BiograpJiical Sketch of the Author. xvii 

The statement in this inscription that he wrote the " Five 
Hundred Points " at Braham Hall is incorrect ; what he did write 
there was the " One Hundred Points of Good Husbandrie," after- 
wards enlarged to " Five Hundred Points." 

It has been a very generally received opinion that Tusser died 
in great poverty. Fuller, in his "Worthies of Essex," p. 334, 
says, " Whether he bought or sold, he lost, and when a renter im- 
poverished himself, and never enriched his landlord ; he spread 
his bread with all sorts of butter ; yet none could stick thereon." 
Warton also says : ' " Without a tincture of careless imprudence, 
or vicious extravagance, this desultory character seems to have 
thrived in no vocation." 

Again, in Peacham's " Minerva," a book of emblems printed 
in 1 61 2, there is a device of a whetstone and a scythe, with 
these lines : — 

" They tell me, Tusser, w'hen thou- wert alive. 
And hadst for profit turned every stone, 
Where'er thou earnest, thou could'st never thrive. 
Though hereto best thou could'st counsel every one, 

As it may in thy Husbandry appear ; 
Wherein afresh thou liv'st among us here. 
So like thy self, a number more are wont, 

To sharpen others with advice of wit, 
When they themselves are like the whetstone blunt." - 
These statements, however, appear to be scarcely borne out 
by Tusser's will. By it we find that, at the time of his death, 

^ Hist, of Eng. Poetry, vol. iii. p. 249. 

2 Thus altered in "Recreations for ingenious Head Pieces; or a pleasant 
Grove for their Wits to walk in, etc.," 8vo. 1644 = — 

" Tusser, they tell me, when thou wert alive 
Thou, teaching thrift, thyself could'st never thrive : 
So, like the whetstone, many men are wont, 
To sharpen others, when themselves are blunt. 



xviii Biographical Sketch of the Aiithor. 

his brother William owed him ^330, a large sum in those days, 
and, further, that he was the owner of two small copyhold and 
leasehold farms. Had he been so unfortunate in all his under- 
takings, and been, as Fuller terms him, " a stone which gathers 
no moss," Tusser would hardly have been able to lend his 
brother such a sum of money. If, however, it be true that he 
lived and died poor, we may, in all probability, attribute it to 
his love of hospitality, a prominent feature in his character, as 
well as to a roving and unsteady disposition. 

Dr. Mavor states in the introduction to his edition of 1810, 
p. II, that "it may be inferred from his [Tusser's] own words, 
that his happiness was not permanently promoted by this 
match [his second marriage]. He seems to complain of the 
charges incident ' to a wife in youth,' and had she transmitted 
her thoughts to posterity, we should probably have heard some 
insinuations against an old husband." I fail, however, to see 
sufficient grounds for this assertion : on the contrary, Tusser's 
words on the only occasion on which he speaks of his second 
wife seem to bear an opposite construction : — 

" I chanced soon to find a Moon 
of cheerful hue ; 
Which well a fine me thought did shine 
And never change — (a thing most strange) 
Yet kept in sight her course aright. 

And compass true." — Chapt. 113, stanza 19. 

It is true that in several passages he speaks of the increased 
expenses and responsibilities incident to a married life, but only, 
as it appears to me, with the view of deterring others from 
entering into that state without carefully considering before- 
hand the cost and probable consequences of such a step. 



Biographical Sketch of the Aiithor. xix 

By his first wife Tusser had no children, but by the second, 
who survived him, he had three sons, Thomas, John and 
Edmond, and one daughter Mary. 

His will, which is exceedingly characteristic, is given in 
full at the end of this introduction, p. xxix, from a copy in the 
British Museum,' privately printed in 1846 by I\Ir. Charles 
Clark, of Great Totham, Essex, from a transcript furnished to 
him by Mr. E. Ventris, of Cambridge, by whom the original 
was discovered in the Registry at Ely.^ At the end of the will 
were printed Tusser's metrical Autobiography, and a few notices 
from nearly contemporary authors. Mr. Clark also printed in 
1834 a few copies of the original edition of 1557 of the 
" Hundredth good Poyntes of Husbandrie." 

Tusser was, as may be seen from his writings, a man of 
high religious principles, good-natured and cheerful, of a kindly 
and generous disposition, and hospitable to a fault. Although 
he constantly inculcates economy, he was entirely free from 
the meanness and pitiful spirit, which, according to Stillingfleet, 
made farmers of his time starve their cattle, their land and 
everything belonging to them ; choosing rather to lose a pound 
than spend a shilling. " Mirth and good cheer," seems to have 
been his motto, and although he may have been imprudent in 
allowing his love of hospitality to be carried to such an excess 
a5 to keep him from independence, yet we cannot help loving 
the man, and admiring the justness of his sentiments on 
every subject connected with life and morals. Strict as he 
appears to have been in all matters connected with religion, he 

^ Shelf-mark, 10817, g. 

^ Notes and Queries, 1st Ser. vol. xii. p. 193. 



XX Biographical Sketch of the Author. 

was far from being what he terms " fantastically scrupulous," 

or, as we should now say, of a puritanical disposition. He 

prefers a merry fellow to a grave designing villain : — 

" Play thou the good fellow ! seeke none to misdeeme ; 
Disdaine not the honest, though merie they seeme ; 
For oftentimes seene, no more verie a knave, 
Than he that doth counterfeit most to be grave."' 

How strongly, too, does he support the keeping up of the old 

" feasting-daies," " Olde customes that good be let no man 

dispise," the festivities of Christmas,^ the Harvest Home, etc. 

His maxims on the treatment of servants and dependents are 

conceived in a truly Christian spirit, as when he says : — 

" Once ended thy harvest, let none be beguil'd. 
Please such as did help thee — man, woman, and child ; 
Thus doing with alway such help as they can. 
Thou winnest the praise of the labouring man." 

" Good servants hope justly some friendship to feel, 
And look to have favour, what time they do well." 

And again, such as these — 

" Be lowly, not sullen, if aught go amiss, 
What wresting may lose thee, that win with a kiss." 

" Remember the poor that for God's sake do call, 
For God both rewardeth and blesseth withall. 
Take this in good part, whatsoever thou be. 
And wish me no worse than I wish unto thee." 

The versification of Tusser does not call for any lengthened 
remarks. The greater portion of his work is written in the 
same anapaestic metre, which, though rough, is v/ell adapted 

' Chapter 30, stanza, 3. 

"^ " What season then better of all the whole yeere 

Thy needie poor neighbour to comfort and cheere?" 



Biographical Sketch of the Author. xxi 

for retention in the memory. Tliere are, however, two ex- 
ceptions worthy of special notice : firstly, the " Preface to the 
Buier" (see p. 14) and the " Comparison between Champion 
Countrie and Severall " (see p. 140), which are the first ex- 
amples of a metre afterwards adopted by Prior and Shenstone, 
and generally believed to have originated with the latter : 
secondly, the "Author's linked verses" (see p. 204), a species 
of what Dr. Guest calls Inverse Rhime in the following passage 
from his "History of English Rhythms":^ "Inverse Rhime is 
that which exists between the last accented syllable of the first 
section, and the first accented syllable of the second. It appears 
to have flourished most in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. 
I do not remember any instance of it in Anglo-Saxon, but it 
is probably of native growth.- A kindred dialect, the Icelandic, 
had, at an early period, a species of rhime closely resembling 
the present — the second verse always beginning with the last 
accented syllable of the first. It is singular that the French 
had in the sixteenth century a rhime like the Icelandic, called 
by them la rime entrelassee. The present rhime diff"ered from it, 
as it was contained in one verse . . . Thus : — 

'These steps] both reach\\ and ieach\ thou shalt] 
To cornel by thrift \\ to shifi\ withal].' — Tusser. 

* The pilpers loud'^ and loud\ex blew]. 
The dan jeers quick^ and quick\e.r flew].' — Burns." 

The following are Tusser's principal peculiarities : — 

I. The use of a plural noun with a verb singular. This very 

frequently occurs. " Some,''' too, is almost invariably treated thus. 

1 Vol. i. pp. 136, 7. 

■2 A very curious example is printed from Harl. IMS. 913 in "Early English 
Poems," ed. Furnivall, pp. 21, 2. 



xxii Biographical Sketch of the Author. 

2. His omissions and elliptical phrases, such as [while] 
plough-cattle [are] a-haiting (85/2) ; thy 7narket [having been] 
despatched, 57/45; a small [income] 65/11; in the mottoes of 
the months, [work] forgotten [in the] month past ; and in such 
expressions as ^'^ fault known" 47/22, '■'■that done" 55/2, " ivho 
living" 26/1, etc. 

3. Peculiarities of rime. Tusser appears to have attributed far 
more importance to the outward appearance of his riming words, 
than to the reality of the rimes. So long as they appeared to 
rime, it seems to have mattered little that in pronunciation they 
were widely different. We thus find them constantly (^) changing 
the spelling of words in order to make them look like others ; 
and again (3) using as rimes words which, though similarly 
spelt, are totally unlike in pronunciation. The following examples 
will suffice. In alterations of orthography we find weight (for 
wait) to rime with eight ; rates (for raise) ; niutch to rime with 
hutch ; thease to rime with ease ; ise (for ice) to rime with device ; 
jlo (for flow) to rime with fro; feere (for fire or fier) to rime 
with Ja7iiveere\ tought (for taught) to rime with thought; cace 
(for case) to rime with place ; ivaight (for wait) to rime with 
straight ; bilde, to rime with childe ; thoes (for those) to rime with 
sloes, etc. 

On the other hand, we find such rimes as the following : 
plough, rough ; shew, few ; have, save ; have, crave ; feat, great ; 
overthwart, part; shal, fal; and a very curious instance in 
Chapter 6g, stanza i, where thrive is made to rime with atchive. 

If the number of editions through which an author's Avorks 
pass be a proof of merit, as it certainly is of popularity, few 



Biographical Sketch of the Author. xxiii 

writers of his time can enter into competition with Tusser. 
During the forty years from the appearance of the first edition 
of the "One Hundreth Poyntes" in 1557 to the end of the 
sixteenth century, no fewer than thirteen editions of his work 
are known to have been published. Yet all are scarce, and few 
of those surviving are perfect ; a proof that what was intended 
for practical use had been sedulously applied to that purpose. 
" Some books," says Mr. Haslewood, in the " British Biblio- 
grapher," No. iii., "become heir-looms from value; and Tusser's 
work, for useful information in every department of agriculture, 
together with its quaint and amusing observations, perhaps 
passed the copies from father to son, till they crumbled away 
in the bare shifting of the pages, and the mouldering relic 
only lost its value by the casual mutilation of time." Sub- 
joined is a list of all the various recorded editions, extracted 
from Mavor's introduction and other sources. 

1557. A Hundreth Good Pointes of Husbandrie. Reprinted 
here (see p. 219) from the unique copy in the British 
Museum. 

1 561. Thomas Hacher had licence for a " dyalogue of wyuynge 

and thryuynge of Tusshers, with ij lessons for olde and 
yonge." Ritson, though improperly, considers this as a 
different work from the piece which appears under the 
same title in later editions.' 

1562. It appears probable that this edition, though its existence 

is disputed by some, contained the original germ of the 
Book of Huswifery, as we find, on the authority of 
Warton, that in the preceding year Richard Totell had 
licence to print " a booke entituled one hundreth good 



' This was probably a broadside edition of the Dialogue found in the Book 
of Husbandry. 



xxiv Biographical Sketch of the Author. 

poyntes of housbondry lately maryed unto a hundrcth 
poyntes of huswiffry, newly corrected and amplyfyed." ^ 

1564. The existence of an edition of this date rests on the 
authority of Otridge's Catalogue, 1794. It is probably 
a misprint for 1562. 

1570. A hundreth good pointes of husbandry, lately maried unto 
a hundreth good poynts of huswifery : newly corrected 
and amplified, with dyuers proper lessons for house- 
holders, as by the table at the latter ende more plainly 
may appeare. Set foorth by Thomas Tusser, gentleman, 
servant to the right honorable lorde Paget of Beudesert. 
In aedibus Richardii Tottyli, cum privilegio, Anno 1570. 

1573. Five hundreth pointes of good husbandry united to as 
many of good huswifery, first devised and more lately 
augmented, with divers approved lessons, concerning 
hopps and gardening and other needful matters, to- 
gether with an abstract before every moneth, containing 
the whole effect of the sayd moneth, with a table and 
a preface in the beginning, both necessary to be reade, 
for the better understanding of the booke. Set forth 
by Thomas Tusser, gentleman, servant to the honorable 
lorde Paget of Beudesert. Imprinted at London in 
Flete Strete within Temple Barre, at the signe of 
the hand and starre, by Richard Tottell. Anno 1573. 
Cum privilegio.^ 

1577. -^ reprint of the above, by the same person [but with 
some alterations, W.P.]. 

1580. The edition here reprinted, 4to. 

1585. Five hundred pointes, etc. Newly set foorth by Thomas 
Tusser, gentleman. At London, printed in the now 
dwelling house of Henrie Denham, in Aldersgate 
Street, at the signe of the Starre.^ 



' No copy of this date is known to be extant, though it is mentioned both in 
Weston's and King's Catalogues. 

- This is the first edition of "Five Hundred Points." 

' Differing very little from the preceding. It is probable that Tusser might 
have left, before his death, some corrections on the ed. of 1580, which were 
introduced into this. After this edition, errors seem to have multiplied in every 
successive issue. 



Biographical Sketch of the Author. xxv 

1586. By Denhatn, as before. 4to., pp. 164. 

1590. By the assignees of Serres.^ 

1593. By Yardley. 4to. (in the Bodleian Library, M.) 

1597. By Peter Short. 4to. 

1599. Again by Peter Short.^ Also by Waldegrave in Scot- 
land. 4to. 

1604. Printed for the Companie of Stationers. Five hundreth 
points of good husbandrie : as well for the Champion 
or open countrie, as also for the Woodland or Several], 
mixed in every Month with Huswiferie, over and be- 
sides the booke of Huswiferie. Corrected, better 
ordered and newly augmented to a fourth part more, 
with divers other lessons, as a diet for the farmer, of 
the properties of winds, plants, hops, herbs, bees, and 
approved remedies for sheepe and cattell, with manie 
other matters both profitable and not unpleasant for 
the Reader. Also two tables, one of husbandrie, and 
the other of Huswiferie, at the end of the booke ; for 
the better and easier finding of any matter contained 
in the same. Newlie set foorth by Thomas Tusser, 
gentleman, etc. (Public Library, Cambridge, M.). 

1 610. Printed for the Company of Stationers. 4to.^ 

1 614. id, id. 4to. 

1620. id. id. The orthography in 

the title in some respects more obsolete than in earlier 
impressions : thus we have moneth for mo7ith, and hearbs 
for herbs. 4to. In British Museum. 

1638. For the Company of Stationers. 4to.* 

1672. Printed for T. R. and M. D. for the Company of 
Stationers. 146 pp., exclusive of the tables, closely 
printed.* 

1692. Bibliotheca Farmeriana, No. 7349. Haslewood. 

^ In White's Catalogue, 1788 ; Mr. Ashby saw a copy in possession of Dr. Lort. 
^ Extremely incorrect. Reprinted in " Somers' Tracts" by Sir W. Scott, 
vol. iii. p. 403. 

' An edition little known, but certainly existing. 

* Payne's Catalogue, 1773 ; Deck's, 1792, little known. 

* In this edition some errors are corrected, and the orthography is considerably 
modernized. 



XX vi Biographical Sketch of the Author. 

All the foregoing editions are in small 4to. black-letter [with 

roman and italic headlines and occasional verses, W.P.]. 

1 7 10, Tusser Redivivus. The Calendar of the twelve months with 
notes, published in as many numbers, by Daniel Hilman, 
a Surveyor of Epsom in Surry. 8vo. Lond. pp. 150. 

1744. The same with a new title-page only. Printed for M. 
Cooper, in Paternoster Row ; and sold by J. Duncan, 
in Berkley Square, near Grosvenor Gate. The title 
runs thus : Five Hundred points of Husbandry : 
directing what grass, corn, etc., is proper to be sown ; 
what trees to be planted ; how land is to be improved ; 
with whatever is fit to be done for the benefit of the 
Farmer, in every month of the Year. By Thomas 
Tusser, Esq. To which are added notes and obser- 
vations, explaining many obsolete Terms used therein, 
and what is agreeable to the present practice in several 
counties of this kingdom. A work very necessary and 
useful for gentlemen, as well as occupiers of land, 
whether wood-ground or tillage and pasture. 

18 10. A very correct reprint of the First Edition of 1557 was 
issued by R. Triphook and William Sancho. 

1 81 2. Five Hundred Points of good Husbandry, as well for 
the champion or open country, as for the woodland or 
several ; together with a Book of Huswifery. Being 
a Calendar of rural and domestic Economy, for every 
month in the year ; and exhibiting a Picture of the 
Agriculture, Customs, and Manners of England, in the 
Sixteenth Century. By Thomas Tusser, Gentleman. A 
New Edition, with notes, Georgical, Illustrative and 
Explanatory, a Glossary, and other Improvements. By 
William Mavor, LL.D.,' Honorary Member of the Board 
of Agriculture, etc. 
" Multa renascentur, quae jam cecidere, cadentque, 
Quae nunc sunt in honore." — Hor. 

London, printed for Lackington, Allen & Co., Temple 
of the Muses, Finsbury-Square, 8vo. 1812. Dedicated to 
the President and Members of the Board of Agriculture, 
pp. 36, xl., and 338. 

^ Rector of Woodstock. 



Biographical Sketch of the Author. xxvii 

1834. Mr. Charles Clark of Great Totham, Essex, printed at 
his private press a few copies of the original edition 

of 1557- 
1848. A Selection was published at Oxford with the following 
title : Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry, by 
Thomas Tusser. Now newly corrected and edited and 
heartily commended to all true lovers of country life 
and honest thrift. By H. M. W. Oxford, 1848, i6mo. 

The work is also included in Southey's Select Works of the 
British Poets, 143-199. 

Extracts from the Registers of the Stationers' Compajty. 

1557. John Daye had licence to print "the Hundreth poyntes 
of good ' Husseriey Regist. Station. A. fo. 23a. 

1559-60. June 20. T. Marshe had licence "to print the boke 
of Husbandry." Ibid. fo. 486. This last title occurs 
in these registers much lower. 

1561. Richard Tottell was to print "A boke intituled one 
hundreth good poyntes of husboundry lately maryed 
unto a hundreth good poyntes of Huswiffry newly 
corrected and amplyfyed." Ibid. fo. 74a. 

1565. A licence to Aide to print "An hundreth poyntes of evell 
huswyfraye," probably a satire or parody on Tusser. 
Ibid. fo. 131. 



THE LAST WILL OF THOMAS TUSSER. 



In the name of God, Amen, tlie xxv of Aprill 15S0. I, T' - - 

Chesterton, in the Coontje of Cambridge, Gentleman, £- 
but perfecte in memorie;, thanks be to God, doe make and 
Will and Testamotit in manner and foime followinge;, rev : ^ 
heretofore made. That is to say, Ffirst and piindpaUje I .^^ 
sowle to Alhnightie God the Father (my maker) and tc 
(my onelye Redeemer) by viiose merites I most firmelv:; 
be saved and to be partaker of lyef ererlastinge, and tc 
Comforter) Three personnes in one ever Godheade, whome ' 
thanke that he hathe merdfiillye kepte me nntill this tvr 
given me tpne and space to confesse and bewaile my sir. 

forgiven me them all, thraong^ the merites of our Savioore i 

doe tmdonbtedlye beieve, because he hathe mardfollye pro- - 
praise for ever and ever. Amen. 

Itan. I give and bequeathe unto Thomas Tuser. —v - . ~ e 

delivered unto him within one yere nes4 after my 

goode and lawful monye of England, parcell of the T: 

Pownds which William Tnsser my Brother dothe owe u: : rr : 

nisaunce wherein he standethe bonnde unto me for : - 

and my will i^ That suche tiustye Froid or Fren: . 

this my last "Wfll and Testamait named, shall have : r 

Pounds for and duringe the nonage of my said Soni:e . - 

time as he shall accomplishe and come to the Age of : 

in sufficient snerties for the true ptaiment thereof unto : 

and alsoetopaye for and towards the bringinge up 

yereiy^ the snmme of Fyve Pownds untOl he shsd. : ;■ 

the Age of TweatyeandOne Yeres; andwhenmysaic ^ . 

plishe his said Age of Twentye and One Yaes, I tt /. 

Fyftye Pownds shalbe^ within one montithe next ensu . 

plishmoit of Twentye and One Yeres unto him well 

paid at one whole and entire paiment, &c. &c T e o V-kS T v = ; z ?. . 

ZUm. I give unto John Tuser my second Sonne other Fyftie Pownds of 
lawfnll monye of England due unto me by the foresaid re; j : I 

to be bestowed and employed to his use duringe his minoritie. : :> 

be paid unto him in suche and as lardge manno' and forme tc ~ 

and purposes as is before declared of the other Fyftie Pownds be: 

my Sonne Thomas Tusser ; and also Fyve Pownds to be paid j li 

minoritie in manner and forme before rehersed. Tho: :. . ; ..—_:. 



XXX TJie Last Will of Thomas Tusser. 

Itetft. I give and bequeathe unto Edmond Tusser, my Sonne, and to I\Iarye 
Tusser, my daughter, and unto either of them the Summe of Fyftye Pownds, due 
to me by force of the foresaid recognisaunce, and to be bestowed and employed to 
the seuerall uses and benefitts of them and either of them duringe their minorities, 
and likewise to be paid to either of them in suche and as lardge manner and forme 
in everie respect, to all constructions and purposes, as is before declared of the 
Fyftye Pownds devised before to my Sonne Thomas Tusser ; and also Fyve Pownds 
a peece yerelye duringe their minorities, in manner and forme before rehersed. 

Thomas Tusser. 

Hem. I give and bequeathe unto Amy Tusser, my Wyef, the summe of Foure 
score Pownds of lawful monye of England dewe to me by force of the said recog- 
nisaunce, and to be paid unto her within one whole yere next ensewinge after my 
decease. Thomas Tusser. 

Item. My will and intent is. That yf my brother William Tusser doe accordinge 
unto the intent and true meaninge of this my last Will and Testament well and 
tnielye pay the foresaid severall summes of monye before given and bequeathed, 
unto Amye, my Wyef, to Thomas my Sonne, and to the rest of my children 
before named, and alsoe doe from tyme to tyme and at all times hereafter save 
and kepe harmles my Heires, Executors, and Administrators, and everie of them, 
of and from all trobles, chardges, and excumbrances, which maye at anye time 
hereafter come, rise, or growe for or by reason of any manner of Bonds wherein 
I stande bounde for or with him as suertie. That then I give and bequeathe unto 
him the summe of Fyftie Pownds being the residue of the said Summe due unto 
me by the force of the said recognisance before rehersed ; and yf he doe not well 
and trulye performe the same, then I give the said Fiftie Pownds unto my Execu- 
tors of this my last Will and Testament. Thomas Tusser. 

Item. I will that yf anye of my children dye before they come to and accom- 
plishe theire foresaid severall Ages of XXI Yeres that then I will that his or theire 
parts or portions shalbe destributed and equallye divided to and amongst the rest 
of my other children then survyveinge. Thomas Tusser. 

Item. I give and bequeathe unto the afore-named Thomas Tusser, my Sonne, 
and his. Heires, all those seven Acres and a Roode of Copy holde, which I nowe 
have lyinge in the Parish or Feilds of Chesterton ; to have and to holde the same, 
after the deathe of Amye, my Wyef, to him his Heires and Assignes for ever. 

Thomas Tusser. 

Item. I give also to the said Thomas Tusser, my Sonne, all suche Estate and 
Tearme of Yeares as I have yet to come in a certain Close called Lawyer's Close, 
lyinge and beinge in the Parish of Chesterton, which said Close I have demised 
unto one William Mosse for the tearme of one whole Yere begininge at the Feast 
of St. Gregorye last past, yeldinge and payeinge for the same XXXV^- Rente, 
which said Rente I doe also gyve to my said Sonne Thomas towards his bringinge 
up in learninge. Thomas Tusser. 

Item. I give also to the said Thomas my Bookes of Musicke and Virginalls. 

Thomas Tusser. 

Itefn. The residue of all my Bonds, Goods and Chattells, moveable and im- 
movable in Chesterton aforesaid or ellsvvhere, beinge in this my last Will and 
Testament unbequeathed, I give to Amye, my Wyef, dischardging all my debts 
and Funerall Expenses, not amountinge unto above the summe of Twentye 



TJie Last Will of TJiomas Tusser. 



Marckes. And of this my last Will and Testament I constitute my said Sonne 
Thomas Tusser my full and whole Executor ; and yf he happen to dye before he 
accomplishe his full Age of Twentye and One Yeres, then I doe constitute and 
make John Tusser, my second Sonne, my Executor. And yf yt fortune the said 
John to dye before he accomplish the Age of xxi Yeares, I constitute and make 
Edmond Tusser, my Sonne, my whole Executor ; and yf yt happen the said 
Edmond do dye before he dothe accomplish and come to the Age of xxi Yeres, 
I do then make and constitute Amye Tusser, my Wyef, my full and whole 
Executor of this my last Will and Testament. Thomas Tusser. 

Item. I doe constitute ordaine and make one Edmond Moon, Gentleman, 
Father to the said Amye, my Wyef, and Grandfather to my forenamed Children, 
my said trustie Frend before mentioned in this my said last Will and Testament, 
Guardian and Tutor unto my forenamed Children and Supervisor and Overseer of 
this my last Will and Testament, unto whome I doe next under God comitte bothe 
my Wyef and my forenamed Children trustinge assuredlye that he will take a 
fatherlye care over them as fleshe of his fleshe and bone of his bones. 

Thomas Tusser. 
Those whose names be hereunder written beinge Witnesses to this present last 
Will and Testament. John Plommer 

Of Barnard's Inne, in the Countye of Middlesex, Gentleman. 

Richard Clue. 
Thomas Jeve. 
James Blower. 
William Hygeart. 
Afem. That William Hygeart dwellethe in Southwerke, with Mr. Towlye, 
Copper Smith ; Richard Clue in St. Nicholas Lane, free of the Merchant Taylers; 
Thomas Jeve, Ironmonger ; James Blower, Servant, free of Clothevvorkers. 
Sealed and delivered in the presence of the parties above named. 

John Bootes. 
Francis Shackelton, 
the Parson of St. Myldred's in the Poultrie, 
John Plommer. 
Proved in the Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Sth day 
of August 1580, by his Son, Thomas Tusser. 



ERRATUM. 
Page 265, line 8, for Fonte-bonne read Toute-bonne. 



Fiue hundred pointes of 

good Hitfbandrie, as well for 
the Champion, or open coun- 

trie, as alfo for the zuoodland, or Seiie- 
rall, mixed in euerie Month with Hus- 
wifeyie, otcer and besides the booke of Hufzvi/e- 
i"ie, corrected, better ordered, and newly augmen- 
ted to a fourth part more, with diuers other les- 
sons, as a diet for the fermer, of the properties of 
winds, planets, hops, herbes, bees, and appvooued 
remedies for sheepe & cattle, with many other 
matters both profitable, and not vnpleasant for 
the Reader. Also a table of husbandrie at the 
beginning of this booke : and another 
of huswiferie at the end : for the 
better and easier finding of 
any matter conteined 
in the same. 

i|5ctolp frt foortg hp %^^mm buffer 

(Scntlcmatx, feruant to t\)Z ltpono= 

rabic Home ©agct of 

53eautiefcrt» 

Imprinted at London, by Henrie 

Deiiham, dwelling in Pater- 

noster Row, at the signe 

of the Starre. 

1580. 



A Lesson. 

A lesson how to confer euery abstract 
with his month, & how to finde 

out huswiferie verses by the 

Pilcrowe, and Champion 

from Woodland. 

IN euerie month, er' in aught be begun, 
Reade ouer that month, what auailes to be dun. 
So neither this trauelP shall seeme to be lost : 
Nor thou to repent of this trifeling cost. 

The figure of abstract and month doo agree, 
Which one to another relations bee. 
These verses so short, without figure that stand, ^ 
Be points of themselues, to be taken in hand. 

^ ■'In husbandrie matters, where Pilcrowe ye finde, 
That verse appertaineth to huswiferie kinde. 
So haue ye mo lessons, (if there ye looke well). 
Than huswiferie booke doth vtter or tell. 

Of Champion husbandrie now doo I write, 
Which heretofore neuer this booke did recite. 
With lessons approoued, by practise and skill : 
To profit the ignorant, buie it that will. 

The Champion diff"ers from Seuerall much, 
For want of partition, closier and such. 
One name to them both doo I giue now & than, 
For Champion countrie, and Champion man. 



1 yer. 1585. "^ travail. 1577. 

3 The lessons that after those figures so stand. 1577. 
* The edition of 1577 contains only the first two verses. 



The Table of Hiisbandrie. 



A Table of the pointes of husbandrie 
7nentioned in this booke. 

Roman words in [] are wanting in 1577 edition ; italics in [ ] are additions in the 
edition of 1577, in which _>< is substituted for ie, and accented e is unused. 



ri^HE Epistle to the Lord William 
X. Paget deceased, and the occa- 
sion first of this booke. 

The Epistle to the Lord Thomas 
Paget, second sonne, and now heire 
to the Lord William Paget his father. 

\^The Epistef] To the Reader. 

[An Introduction to the booke of 
husbandrie.] 

[A Preface to the buier of this 
booke. The preface.'] 

The commoditie[s] of husbandrie. 

The praise of husbandrie [by a 
redele\. 

The description of \lmsband d-=] 
husbandrie. 

The ladder \of xxxiiij steps'] to 
thrift. 

Good husbandlie lessons worthie 
to be followed of such as will thriue. 

An habitation inforced, \_adiiisedly\ 
better late than neuer ; \i)iade\ upon 
these wordes, Sit downe Robin and 
rest thee. 

[The fanners dailie diet. 

A description of the properties of 
winds all y<= times of the yere. 

Of the Planets. ] 

Septembers abstract. 

[Other short remembrances for 
September.] 

Septembers husbandrie \ivith the 
nedefiil fiirnytiire 0/ y' bar tie stable, 
plough, cart, yard, ^ field, togither 
with the manner of gathering hops, 
drying ^ keping them], 

[A digression to husbandlie furni- 
ture. 

The residue of Septembers hus- 
bandrie, agreing with his former 
abstract.] 

Octobers abstract. 

[Other short remembrances for 
October.] 

Octobers husbandrie. 

[A digression to the vsage of diuers 
countries concerning tillage. 

The residue of Octobers hus- 
bandrie, agreeing with his former 
abstract.] 



Nouembers abstract. 

[Other short remembrances for 
Nouember.] 

Nouembers husbandrie [agreeing 
with his former abstract]. 

Decembers abstract. 

[Other short remembrances for 
December.] 

Decembers husbandrie [agreeing 
with his former abstract]. 

A digression [directing'] to hos- 
pitalitie. 

A description of time, and the 
yere. 

A description of life & riches. 

A description of houskeeping. 

A description of [the feast of the 
birth of Christ, commonlie called] 
Christmas. 

A description of apt time to spend. 

Against fantastical scruplenes. 

Christmas husbandlie fare. 

A Christmas caroll [of the birth 
of Christ, vpon the tune of king 
Salomon]. 

lanuaries abstract [and at the end 
thereof diners sorts of trees and f rules 
to bee then set or remoued, follotving 
the order of y^ alphabet or crossercnae]. 

[Other short remembrances for 
lanuarie. 

Of trees or fruites to be set or 
remooued.] 

lanuaries husbandrie [agreeing 
with his former abstract]. 

Februaries abstract. 

[Other short remembrances for 
Februarie.] 

Februaries husbandrie [agreeing 
with his former abstract]. 

Marches abstract [and at the ende 
therof, the names of the seedes, herbes, 
floivers d^ rootes than to be so7ue?i or 
set, utiles the time be otherwise noted 
by expresse -wordes, as zvel for kitchin 
herbes, strowing herbes d:' flowers, as 
herbes to stil &^ for phisick, set after 
the order of the alphabet or crosserawe] . 

[Other short remembrances for 
March. 



The Table of Hnsbaiidrie. 



Seedes and hearbcs for the 
kitchen. 

Plerbes and rootes for sallets and 
sauce. 

Herbs or rootes to boile or to butter. 

Strewing herbs of all sorts. 

Herbes, branches and flowers for 
windowes and pots. 

Herbs to still in Summer. 

Necessarie herbes to growe in the 
garden for Physicke not rehersed 
before.] 

Marches husbandrie [agreeing with 
his former abstract with the matier 
of setting of hops\. 

Aprils abstract. 

Aprils husbandrie [agreeing with 
his former abstract luith a lesson for 
dairy inaide Cisseley and of x toppings 
gests in hir whitmeat, better lost then 
found. ] 

[A digression to dairie matters. 

A lesson for dairie maid Cisley of 
ten toppings gests.] 

Males abstract. 

[Two other short remembrances 
for Male.] 

Maies husbandrie [agreeing with 
his former abstract]. 

Junes abstract. 

[A lesson of hopyard.] 

Junes husbandrie [agreeing with 
his former abstract, with a lesson to 
chtise a tneete plot for hopps and hoT.oe 
then to be doing with the same. ] 

[A lesson where and when to plant 
good hopyard.] 

Julies abstract. 

Julies husbandrie [agreeing with his 
former abstract a7id hay harvesi\. 

Augusts abstract. 

[Workes after haruest.] 

Augusts husbandrie [agreeing with 
his former abstract &■= come haruest']. 

[Come haruest equally diuided 
into ten partes.] 

[ The conchision of the whole booke 
set out in 12 verses euery word be- 
ginning 7vith a T y first letter of the 
Authors name.] 

[A briefe conclusion in verse, 
euerie word beginning with a T.] 



Mans age [divided into xij prenti- 
ships, from seuen yeares to foure- 
score and foure]. 

[A briefe description of thenclina- 
tions of mans age by the similitude oj 
the Ape, Lion, Foxe, d^ the Asse. ] 

[Another diuision of the nature of 
mans age.] 

A comparison betweene good lius- 
band[rie] and [bad euill\ 

A comparison betweene \woodland 
^ Champion] countrie and Seuerall. 

[The description of an enuious 
and naughtie neighbour.] 

\A Sonet hnue to set a candle afore 
the Deiiill.] 

A Sonet against a slaunderous 
tongue. 

A Sonet [to his Lord iSr' Alaster 
of his first vij yeres seiince vpon the 
Authors first seuen yeres sendee]. 

[The Authors r^] dialogue betweene 
two Bachelers \l>atchillers\ of wiuing 
& thriuing, by affirmation & nega- 
tion \fif the 7naryed mans iudgmcnt 
thereof]. 

[The wedded mans iudgement 
taking vp the matter of wiuing and 
thriuing. 

How ewes should be vsed that 
are neere lambing. 

How lambes should be vsed when 
they are yoong. 

What times are most meete for 
rearing of calues. 

How to cure the wrigling of y"^ 
taile in a sheepe or a lambe. 

Of gelding horsecolts. 

A waie how to haue large breede 
of hogs. 

A medicine for faint cattle. 

Howe to fasten loose teeth in a 
bullocke. 

How to preuent the breeding of 
the bots in horses. 

A medicine for the cowlaske. 

Of burieng dead cattle. 

A waie how to preserue bees. 

What is to be done with measeled 
hogs. 

What times are most meete for 
letting of horses blood.] 



The Table of Huswiferie you shall finde at the ende of the booke. 
FINIS. 



Tusser's references to pages are omitted. 



The Epistle. 



1[ The Author's Epistle to the late Lord 
William Paget, wherein he doth discourse 

of his owne bringing vp, and of the good- 

nes of the said Lord Ids master vnto him, 

and the occasion of this his booke, 

thus set forth of his owne 

long practise. 

Chap. I . 

^ Time irieth the troth, in eiierie thitig, 

^ Herewitli let fuen cotite7it their minde,^ 

C) Of works, which best may profit bring, 

^ Most rash to itidge, most often blinde. 

^ As therefore troth in time shall crane, 

Co So let this booke iust fatior haue. 

>^ Take you my Lord and Master than, 

^ Vnlesse mischance mischanceth ine, 

Co Such homelie gift, of me your man, 

Cc Since more in Court I may not be, 

'i^ And let your praise, ivotine heretofore, 

>3 Remaifie abrode for euermore. 



S 



b 



•^ 



My seruing you, {thus vnderstand,^ 
Arid God his helpe, and yours withall. 
Did cause ^ood lucke to take mine hand. 



^ Erecting one most like to fall. 



My struijig you, / knoiv it was. 



f> Enforced this to come to pas. 

' How euery man doth please his mind. 157/ 



TJie Epistle. 

4 Since being once at Cambridge taught, 
Of Court te?i yeeres I made assaie, 
No Musicke then ivas left vnsaiight, 
Such care I had to serue that waie. 
When ioie gan slake, then made I change, 
Expulsed^ mirth, for Musicke strange. 

5 3fy Musicke since hath bene the plough, 
Entangled with some care amofig. 

The gaine not great, the paifie yfiough. 
Hath made me sing another song. 

Which song, if well I inay auow, 
I crane it iudged be by yow. 

Your seruant Thomas Tusser. 



1 Expelled. 1585. 




The Epistle. 7 

2. 

\ To the Right Honorable and my speciall 
good Lord and Master, the Lord 

Thomas Paget of Beaudesert, 

sone and heire to his late^ 

father deceased. 

Chap. 2. 

MY Lord, your father looued me, 
and you my Lord haue prooued me, 
and both your loues haue mooued me, 

to write as here is donne : 
Since God hath hence your father, 
such flowers as I gather, 
I dedicate now rather, 

to you my Lord his sonne. 

2 Your father was my founder, 
till death became his wounder, 
no subiect euer sounder, 

whome Prince aduancement gaue : 
As God did here defend him, 
and honour here did send him, 
so will I here commend him, 

as long as life I haue. 

3 His neighbours then did blisse him, 
his seruants now doe misse him, 
the poore would gladlie kisse him, 

aliue againe to be : 
But God hath wrought his pleasure, 
and blest him, out of measure, 
with heauen and earthlie treasure, 

so good a God is he. 

' In the edition of 1575 the word Thomas, and the words following 
r.eaudesert, do not occur, and the whole Epistle precedes that to Lord 
WiUiam Paget. 



8 TJie Epistle. 

c<?r«the J. His counsell had I vsed, 

Goddesse of 

husbandrie. and Ceres art refused, 

I neede not thus haue mused, 

nor droope as now I do : 
But I must plaie the farmer, 
and yet no whit the warmer, 
although I had his armer, 
and other comfort to. 

^sopsfabie 5 The Foxe doth make me minde him, 

whose glorie so did blinde him, 
till taile cut off behinde him, 

no fare could him content : 
Euen so must I be proouing, 
such glorie I had in loouing, 
of things to plough behoouing, 

that makes me now repent. 

Saiust. ^ Loiterers I kept so meanie, 

both Philip, Hob, and Cheanie, 
that, that waie nothing geanie, 

was thought to make me thriue : 
Like lugurih, Prince of Nuniid, 
my gold awaie consumid, 
with losses so perfumid, 

was neuer none aliue. 

7 Great fines so neere did pare me, 
great rent so much did skare me, 
great charge so long did dare me, 

that made me at length crie creake 
Much more ^ of all such fleeces, 
as oft I lost by peeces, 
among such wilie geeces 
I list no longer speake. 

' molt. 1620. 



TJie Epistle. 9 

8 Though countrie health long staid me, 
yet lesse ^ expiring fraid me, 
and {idiis sapit) praid me 

to seeke more steadie stale : 
New lessons then I noted, 
and some of them I coted,^ 
least some should think I doted, 

by bringing naught awaie. 

Q Though Pallas hath denide me, ' Paiias, 

^ o ' Goddesse of 

hir learned pen to guide me, wisdomeand 

IT !D ' cunning. 

for that she dailie spide me, 

with countrie how I stood : 
Yet Ceres so did bold me, 
with hir good lessons told me, 
that rudenes cannot hold me, 

from dooing countrie good. 

1 By practise and ill speeding, 
these lessons had their breeding, 
and not by hearesaie, or reeding, 

as some abrode haue blowne : 
Who will not thus beleeue me, 
so much the more they greeue me, 
because they grudge to geeue me, 

that is of right mine owne. 

1 1 At first for want of teaching, 
at first for trifles breaching, 
at first for ouer reaching,^ 

and lacke of taking hid,* < 

was cause that toile so tost me, 
that practise so much cost me, 
that rashnes so much lost me, 

or hindred as it did. 

' lease. 1585 and 1620. ^ quoted. 1585 and 1620. 

^ reacing. 1599. * hede. 1577. 



lo TJie Epistle. 

1 2 Yet will I not despaier 
thorough Gods good gift so faicr 
through friendship, gold, and praier, 

in countrie againe to dwell : 
Where rent so shall not paine me, 
but paines shall helpe to gaine me, 
and gaines shall helpe maintaine me, 

New lessons mo to tell. 

1 3 For citie seemes a wringer, 
the penie for to finger, 

from such as there doe linger, 
or for their pleasure lie : 

Though countrie be more painfull, 

and not so greedie gainfuU, 

yet is it not so vainfull, 
in following fansies eie. 

1 4 I haue no labour wanted 

to prune this tree thus planted, 
whose fruite to none is scanted, 

in house or yet in feeld : 
Which fruite, the more ye taste of, 
the more to eate, ye haste of, 
the lesse this fruite ye waste of,^ 

such fruite this tree doth yeeld. 

1 5 My - tree or booke thus framed, 
with title alreadie named, 

I trust goes forth vnblamed, 

in your good Lordships name : 
As my good Lord I take you, 
and neuer will forsake you, 
so now I craue to make you 
defender of the same. 

Your se7-uant Thomas Tusscr. 



Which fruite to say (who hast of) 
though nere so much they taste of 
yet can they make no waste of. I577' 
this. 1573- 1577- 



To the Reader. 



II 



1i To the Reader 



Chap. 3. 



I Have been praid 
to shew mine aid, 
in taking paine, 
not for the gaine, 
but for good will, 
to shew such skill 

as shew I could : 
That husbandrie 
with huswiferie 
as cock and hen, 
to countrie men, 
all strangenes gone, 
might ioine in one, 
as louers should. 



What should I win, 
by writing in 
my losses past, 
that ran as fast 
as running streame, 
from reame to reame 

that flowes so swift 
For that I could 
not get for gould, 
to teach me how, 
as this doth yow, 
through daily gaine, 
the waie so plaine 

to come by thrift. 



I trust both this 
performed is, 
and how that here 
it shall appere, 
with iudgement right, 
to thy delight, 

is brought to passe : 
That such as wiue, 
and faine would thriue, 
be plainly taught 
how good from naught 
may trim be tride, 
and liuely spide, 

as in a glasse. 



4. What is a grote 
or twaine to note, 
once in the life 
for man or wife, 
to saue a pound, 
in house or ground, 
ech other weeke } 
What more for health, 
what more for wealth, 
what needeth lesse, 
run lack, helpe Besse, 
to stale amis, 
not hauing this, 
far off to seeke } 



12 



To the Reader. 



5 I do not craue 
mo thankes to hauc, 
than giuen to me 
alreadie be, 
but this is all 
to such as shall 

peruse this booke : 
That for my sake, 
they gently take, 
where ere they finde 
against their minde, 
when he or she 
shall minded be 

therein to looke. 



7 Nor looke thou here 
that cucrie shere 
of eucric verse 
I thus reherse 
may profit take 
or vantage make 

by lessons such : 
For here we see 
things seuerall bee, 
and there no dike, 
but champion like, 
and sandie soile, 
and claiey toile, 

doe suffer' much. 



6 And grant me now, 
thou reader thow, 
of termes to vse, 
such choise to chuse, 
as may delight 
the countrie wight, 

and knowledge bring ; 
For such doe praise 
the countrie phraise, 
the countrie acts, 
the countrie facts, 
the countrie toies, 
before the ioies 
of anie thing. 



8 This^ being waid, 
be not afraid 
to buie to proue, 
to reade with loue, 
to followe some, 
and so to come 

by practise true : 
My paine is past, 
thou warning hast, 
th' experience mine, 
the vantage thine, 
may giue thee choice 
to crie or reioice : 

and thus adue. 



Finis T. Tiisser. 



differ. 1573 ; suffer. 1577. 



Thus. 157; 



An I/itrodiictioji. 13 

4. 

II An Introduction to the Booke 
of Husbandrie.^ 

Chap. 4. 

GOod husbandmen must moile & toile, 
to laie to Hue by laboured feeld : 
Their wiues at home must keepe such coile, 
as their like actes may profit yeeld. 
For well they knowe, 
as shaft from bo we, 
or chalke from snowe, 
A good round rent their Lords they giue, 
and must keepe touch in all their paie : 
With credit crackt else for to Hue, 
or trust to legs and run awaie. 



2 Though fence well kept is one good point, 
and tilth well done, in season due ; 
Yet needing salue in time to annoint, 
is all in all and needfull true : 
As for the rest, 
thus thinke I best, 
as friend doth gest. 
With hand in hand to leade thee foorth Ceres, 

to Ceres campe, there to behold hu°sbandry. 

A thousand things as richlie woorth, 
as any pearle is woorthie gold. 



^ This Introduction is not in the editions of 1573 or 1577. 



14 A Preface. 

6. 

1i A Preface to the buier of 
this booke. 

Chap. 5. 

WHat lookest thou herein to haue ? 
Fine verses thy fansie to please ? 
Of many my betters that crane, 
Looke nothing but nidenes in thease. 

2 What other thing lookest thou then ? 
Graue sentences many to finde ? 
Such, Poets haue twentie and ten, 
Yea thousands contenting the minde. 

3 What looke ye, I praie you shew what ? 
Termes painted with Rhetorike fine ? 
Good husbandrie seeketh not that. 
Nor ist any meaning of mine. 

4 What lookest thou, speake at the last } 
Good lessons for thee and thy wife ? 
Then keepe them in memorie fast. 

To helpe as a comfort to life. 

5 What looke ye for more in my booke ? 
Points needfuU and meete to be knowne ? 
Then dailie be suer to looke. 

To saue to be suer thine owne. 

*»* Mason remarks that this metre was peculiar to Shenstone. 



Tlie Commodities of Husbandrie. 15 

6. 

The commodities of Husbandrie. 



N 



Chap. 6. 

Let house haue to Jill her, 
Let land haue to till her. 
O dwellers, what profiteth house for to stand ? 
What goodnes, vnoccupied, bringeth the land ? 



I 



2. 

No labor no bread, 

No host we be dead. 
No husbandry vsed, how soone shall we sterue ? 
House keeping neglected, what comfort to serue ? 

3- 

Lll father no gift, 

No Tinoivledge no thrft. 
The father an vnthrift, what hope to the sonne ? 
The ruler vnskilfull, how quickly vndonne ? 

7. 

Chap. 7. 

As true as thy fait li 
This riddle tJius saith. 
Seeme but a drudge, yet I passe any King Thepraiseof 

husbandrie. 

To such as can vse me, great wealth I do bring. 



Since Adam first lined, I neuer did die, 
When Noe was shipman, there also was I. 
The earth to susteine me, the sea for my fish : 
Be readic to pleasure me, as I would wish.* 
What hath any life, but I helpe to preserue. 
What wight without me, but is ready to sterue. 

^ The earth is my storehouse, the sea my fishpond, 
What good is in either, by me it is found. 1577- 



1 6 The Description of Hiisbcmdrie. 

In woodland, in Champion, Citie, or towne 
If long I be absent, what falleth not downe ? 
If long I be present, what goodncs can want ? 
Though things at my comming were neuer so scant. 
So many as looue me, and vse me aright. 
With treasure and pleasure, I richly acquite. 
Great kings I doe succour, else wrong it would go, 
The King of al kings hath appointed it so. 



1 The description of Husbandrie. 

Chap. 8. 

OF husband, doth husbandrie challenge that name, 
of husbandrie, husband doth likewise the same 
Where huswife and huswiferie, ioineth with thease, 
there wealth in abundance is gotten with ease. 

2 The name of a husband, what is it to saie } 

of wife and the houshold the band and the stale : 
Some husbandlie thriueth that neuer had wife, 
yet scarce a good husband in goodnes of life. 

3 The husband is he that to labour doth fall, 

the labour of him I doe husbandrie call : 
If thrift by that labour be any way caught, 
then is it good husbandrie, else it is naught. 

4 So houshold and housholdrie I doe define, 

for folke and the goodes that in house be of thine 
House keeping to them, as a refuge is set, 
which like as it is, so report it doth get. 

5 Be house or the furniture neuer so rude, 

of husband and husbandrie, (thus I conclude:) 
That huswife and huswiferie, if it be good, 
must pleasure togither as cosins in blood. 



TJie Ladder to tJirift. 



17 



9. 

1 The Ladder to thrift. 



Chap. 9. 



TO take thy calling thankfully, 
and shun^ the path to beggery. 

2 To grudge in youth no drudgery, 
to come by knowledge perfectly. 

3 To count no trauell slauerie, 
that brings in penie sauerlie. 

4 To folow profit earnestlie 
but meddle not with pilferie. 

5 To get by honest practisie, 

and keepe thy gettings couertlie. 

6 To lash not out too lashinglie, 
for feare of pinching penurie. 

7 To get good plot to occupie, 
and store and vse it husbandlie. 

8 To shew to landlord curtesie, 
and keepe thy couenants orderlie. 

9 To hold that thine is lawfullie, 
for stoutnes or for flatterie. 

[O To wed good wife for companie, 

and Hue in wedlock honestlie. 
i I To furnish house with housholdry, 

and make prouision skilfully. 
[2 To ioine to wife good familie, 

and none to keepe for bi-auei"ie. 
[3 To suffer none Hue idlelie, 

for feare of idle knauerie. 
[4 To courage wife in huswiferie, 

and vse well dooers gentilie. 
[5 To keepe no more but needfuUie, 

and count excesse vnsauerie. 
[6 To raise betimes the lubberlie, 

both snorting Hob and Margerie.- 
[7 To walke thy pastures vsuallie, 

to spie ill neighbours subtiltie. 
[8 To hate reuengement hastilie, 

for loosing loue and amitie. 
19 To loue thy neighbor neighborly, 

and shew him no discurtesy. 



20 To answere stranger ciuilie, 
but shew him not thy secresie. 

21 To vse no friend deceitfully, 
to offer no man villeny. 

22 To learne how foe to pacific, 
but trust him not too trustilie. 

23 To keepe thy touch substanciallie, 
and in thy word vse constancie. 

24 To make thy bandes aduisedly, 
& com not bound through suerty. 

25 To meddle not with vsurie, 
nor lend thy monie foolishlie. 

26 To hate to Hue in infamie, 
through craft, and lining shiftingly.^ 

27 To shun all kinde of treachery, 
for treason endeth horribly. 

28 To learne to eschew ill copany, 
and such as Hue dishonestly. 

29 To banish house of blasphemie, 
least crosses crosse vnluckelie. 

30 To stop mischance, through policy, 
for chancing too vnhappily. 

31 To beare thy crosses paciently, 
for worldly things are slippery. 

32 To laie to keepe from miserie, 
age comming on so creepinglie. 

33 To praie to God continuallie, 
for aide against thine enimie. 

34 To spend thy Sabboth holilie, 
and helpe the needie pouertie.* 

35 To Hue in conscience quietly, 
and keepe thy selfe from malady. 

36 To ease thy sicknes speedilie, 
er helpe be past recouerie. 

37 To seeke to God for remedie, 
for witches prooue vnluckilie. 

[38] These be the steps vnfainedlie : 
to climbe to thrift by husbandrie. 



[39] These steps both reach, and teach thee shall : 
To co7)ie by thrift, to shift withall. 

*{,* Stanzas 25, 27, 28, 32, 37 are not in the edition of 1577. After 31 the edition of 
[577 has:— 

29 To train thy child vp vertuously 30 To bridle wild otes fantasie, 
that vertue vice may qualifie. to spend thee naught vnthriftely. 



' shonne. 1577. 

* naughtily. 1573, 1557. 



* To rise betimes up readely. 1577. 

* poore in misery. 1577. 



Good husband lie lessojis. 



10. 



1 Good husbandlie lessons worthie to be 
followed of such as will thriue. 



Laie wisely 
to marrie. 



Concord 
bringeth 
foyson. 



Chap. 10. 

GOD sendeth and giueth both mouth and the meat, 
and blesseth vs al with his benefits great : 
Then serue we that God that so richly doth giue, 
shew loue to our neighbors, and lay for to Hue. 

2^ As bud by appearing betokneth the spring, 
and leafe by her falling the contrarie thing : 
So youth bids vs labour, to get as we can, 
for age is a burden to laboring man. 

3^ A competent lining, and honestly had, 

makes such as are godlie both thankfuU and glad : 
Life neuer contented, with honest estate, 
lamented is oft, and repented too late. 

4^ Count neuer wel gotten that naughtly is got, 
nor well to account of which honest is not : 
Looke long not to prosper, that wayest not this, 
least prospering faileth, and all go amisse. 

5 True wedlock is best, for auoiding of sinne, 

the bed vndefiled much honour doth winne : 
Though loue be in choosing farre better than gold, 
let loue come with somewhat, the better to hold. 

6 Where cooples agree not is ranker and strife, 

where such be together is seldome good life : 
Where cooples in wedlock doe louelie agree, 
there foyson remaineth, if wiscdome there bee. 

1 Stanzas 2, 3, and 4 are wanting in 1573 and 1577. 



Good Jmsbaiidlie lessons. 



19 



7 Who looketh to marrie must laie to keepe house, 
for loue may not alway be plaieing with douse : 
If children encrease, and no staie of thine owne, 
what afterwards followes is soone to be knowne. 



Wife and 
children 
craue a 
dwelling. 



8 Once charged with children, or likelie to bee, 
giue ouer to sudgerne, that thinkest to thee : 
Least grutching of hostis, and craning of nurse, 
be costlie and noisome to thee and thy purse. 



Thee for 
thriue. 

Hostisses 
grudge : 
nurses craue. 



9 Good husbands that loueth good houses to keepe 
are oftentimes careful when other doe sleepe : 
To spend as they may, or to stop at the furst, 
for running in danger, or feare of the wurst. 



Live within 
thy Tedder. 



10 Go count with thy cofers,^ when haruest is in, 
which waie for thy profite, to saue or to win : 
Of tone of them both, if a sauer wee smel, 
house keeping is godlie where euer we dwel. 



By haruest 
is ment al 
thy stock. 



1 1 Sonne, think not thy monie purse bottom to burn, 
but keepe it for profite, to serue thine owne turn 
A foole and his monie be soone at debate, 
which after with sorrow repents him too late. 



Be thine 
own purs 
bearer. 



1 2 Good bargaine a dooing, make priuie but few, 
in selling, refraine not abrode it to shew : 
In making make haste, and awaie to thy pouch, 
in selling no haste, if ye dare it auouch. 



13 Good Landlord who findeth, is blessed of God, 
A cumbersome Landlord is husbandmans rod : 
He noieth, destroieth, and al to this drift, 

to strip his poore tenant of ferme and of thrift. 



Euill land- 
lord. 



^ coefers. 1577. 



20 



Good husbandlie lessons. 



Rentcornc. j^i Rent corn who so paieth, (as worldlings wold haue, 
so much for an aker) must Hue as a slaue : 
Rent cornc to be paid, for a reasnable rent, 
at reasnable prises is not to lament. 



Foure 
beggers. 



15 Once placed for profit, looke neuer for ease, 
except ye beware of such michers as thease : 
Unthriftines, Slouthfulnes, Careles and Rash, 
that thrusteth thee headlong to run in the lash. 



Thrifts 
of5cers. 



1 6 Make monie thy drudge, for to follow thy warke, 

Make wisedome controler, good order thy clarke : 
Prouision Cater, and skil to be cooke, 

make steward of all, pen, inke, and thy booke. 



Thrifts 
phisicke. 



17 Make hunger thy sauce, as a medcine for helth, 
make thirst to be butler, as physick for welth : 
Make eie to be vsher, good vsage to haue, 
make bolt to be porter, to keepe out a knaue. 



Thrifts 
bailie. 



18 Make husbandrie bailie, abrode to prouide, 
make huswiferie dailie at home for to guide 
Make cofer fast locked, thy treasure to keepe, 
make house to be sure, the safer to sleepe. 



Husbandl)- 
armors. 



1 9 Make bandog thy scoutwatch, to barke at a theefe, 
make courage for life to be capitaine cheefe : 
Make trapdore thy bulwarke, make bell to begin,^ 
make gunstone and arrow shew who is within. 



Theeues to 
thrift. 



20 The credite of maister, to brothell his man, 
and also of mistresse, to minnekin Nan, 
Be causers of opening a number of gaps, 
That letteth in mischiefe and many mishaps. 



' St. 14 is not in ed. of 1577. 



2 be ginne. 1577. 



Good husbandlie lessons. 



21 



2 1 Good husband he trudgeth, to bring in the gaines, 
good huswife she drudgeth, refusing no paines : 
Though husband at home be to count ^ ye wote what, 
yet huswife within is as needfull as that. 

2 2 What helpeth in store to haue neuer so much, 
halfe lost by ill vsage, ill huswiues, and such : 
So, twentie lode bushes, cut downe at a clap, 
such heede may be taken, shall stop but a gap. 

23 A retcheles^ seruant, a mistres that scowles, 

a rauening mastife, and hogs that eate fowles : 
A giddie braine maister, and stroyal his knaue, 
brings ruling to ruine, and thrift to hir graue. 

24 With some vpon Sundaies, their tables doe reeke, 

and halfe the weeke after, their dinners to seeke : 
Not often exceeding, but alwaie inough, 

is husbandlie fare, and the guise of the plough. 

25 Ech dale to be feasted, what husbandrie wurse, 

ech dale for to feast, is as ill for the purse : 
Yet measurely feasting with neighbors among, 
shal make thee beloued, and Hue the more long. 

26 Things husbandly handsom let workman contriue, 

but build not for glorie, that thinkest to thriue : 
Who fondlie in dooing consumeth his stock, 
in the end for his follie doth get but a mock. 

27 Spend none but your owne, howsoeuer ye spend, 

for bribing^ and shifting, haue seldom good end : 
In substance although ye haue neuer so much, 
delight not in parasites, harlots, and such.* 



Friends to 

thrift. 



Enimie to 
thrift. 



Sixe noi- 
ances to 
thrift. 



Inougb is 
a praise. 



Thrifts 
aduises. 



Spoilers to 

thrift. 



compt. 1577. ^ reachelesse. 1577. ^ bringing. 

In lieu of last two lines, the edition of 1577 reads : 
Tithe duely and truely with harty good will, 

that god and his blessing may dwell with thee still. 



1577- 



22 Good hiisbandlie lessons. 

28 Be suretie seldome, (but neuer for much) 

for feare of purse penniles hanging by such : 
Or Skarborow warning, as ill I beleeue, 

when (sir I arest yee) gets hold of thy sleeue. 

29 Use {legem pone) to paie at thy daic, 

but vse not {Oremus) for often delaie : 
Yet {PrcEsta qucesumus) out of a grate, 

Of al other collects, the lender doth hate. 

30' Be pinched by lending, for kiffe nor for kin, 
nor also by spending, by such as come in ; 
Nor put to thy hand betwixt bark and the tree, 
least through thy owne foUie so pinched thou bee. 

31' As lending to neighbour, in time of his neede, 

winnes love of thy neighbour, and credit doth breede, 
So neuer to craue, but to Hue of thine owne, 
brings comforts a thousand, to many vnknowne. 

32 Who liuing but lends ? and be lent to they must ; 

else buieng and selling might lie in the dust ; 
But shameles and craftie, that desperate are, 
make many ful honest the woorser to fare. 

33 At some time to borow, account it no shame, 

if iustlie thou keepest thy touch for the same : 
Who quick be to borow, and slow be to paie, 
their credit is naught, go they neuer so gaie. 

34^ By shifting and borrowing, who so as Hues, 

not well to be thought on, occasion giues : 

Then lay to Hue warily, and wisely to spend, 

for prodigall liuers haue seldom good end. 



^ Stanzas 30 and 31 are wanting in 1573 and 1577. 
- Stanza 34 is not in 1577. 



Good Jmsbandlie lessons. 23 

35^ Some spareth too late, and a number with him, 
the foole at the bottom, the wise at the brim : 
Who careth nor spareth, till spent he hath all, 
Of bobbing, not robbing, be fearefull he shall. 

36^ Where welthines floweth, no friendship can lack, 

whom pouertie pincheth, hath friendship as slack : 
Then happie is he by example that can 

take heede by the fall of a mischieued man. 

37 Who breaketh his credit, or cracketh it twise, 

trust such with a suretie, if ye be wise : 
Or if he be angrie, for asking thy due, 

once euen, to him afterward, lend not anue. 

38 Account it wel sold that is iustlie well paid, 

and count it wel bought that is neuer denaid : 
But yet here is tone, here is tother doth best, 
for buier and seller, for quiet and rest. 

39 Leaue Princes affaires undeskanted on, 

and tend to such dooings as stands thee vpon : 
Feare God, and offend not the Prince nor his lawes, 
and keepe thyselfe out of the IMagistrates clawes.^ 

40 As interest or vsurie plaieth the dreuil, 

so hilback and filbellie biteth as euil : 
Put dicing among them, and docking the dell : 
and by and by after, of beggerie smell. ^ 

41 Once weekelie remember thy charges to cast, Audftor 

once monthlie see how thy expences may last : 
If quarter declareth too much to be spent, 
for feare of ill yeere take aduise of thy rent. 

1 Stanzas 35 and 36 are not in 1577. 

^ In lieu of last two lines, the edition of 1577 reads — 

In substance, although y<= have never so much, 

delight not in parasites, harlots, and such. 
' and smell of a begger where ever ye dwell. 15 77- 



24 Good hiisbandlie lessons. 

42 Who orderlie entreth his paiment in booke, 

may orderlie find them againe (if he looke.) 
And he that intendeth but once for to paie : 
shall find this in dooing the quietest waie. 

43 In dealing vprightlie this counsel I teach, 

first recken, then write, er^ to purse yee doe reach, 
Then paic and dispatch him, as soone as ye can : 
for lingring is hinderance to many a man. 

44 Haue waights, I aduise thee, for siluer & gold, 

for some be in knauerie now a daies bold : 
And for to be sure good monie to pay : 
receiue that is currant, as neere as ye may. 

45 Delight not for pleasure two houses to keepe, 

least charge without measure vpon thee doe creepe. 
And Jankin and Jenikin coosen thee so 
to make thee repent it, er yeere about go. 

46 The stone that is rouling can gather- no mosse, 

who often remooueth is sure of losse. 
The rich it compelleth to paie for his pride ; 
the poore it vndooeth on euerie side. 

47 The eie of the maister enricheth the hutch, 

the eie of the mistresse auaileth as mutch. 
Which eie, if it gouerne, with reason and skil, 
hath seruant and seruice, at pleasure and wil. 

48 Who seeketh reuengement of euerie wrong, 

in quiet nor safetie continueth long. 
So he that of wilfulnes trieth the law, 

shall striue for a coxcome, and thriue as a daw. 

1 or. 1577. - gether. 1577. 



Good Jnisbandlie lessons. 25 

49 To hunters and hankers, take heede what ye saie, 

milde answere with curtesie driues them awaie : 
So, where a mans better wil open a gap, 
resist not with rudenes, for feare of mishap. 

50 A man in this world for a churle that is knowne, 

shall hardlie in quiet keepe that is his owne : 
Where lowlie and such as of curtesie smels, 

finds fauor and friendship where euer he dwels. 

51 Keepe truelie thy Saboth, the better to speed, 

Keepe seruant from gadding, but when it is need. 
Keepe fishdaie and fasting dale, as they doe fal : 
what custome thou keepest, let others keepe al. 

52^ Though some in their tithing be slack or too bold, 
be thou vnto Godward not that waie too cold : 
Euill conscience grudgeth, and yet we doe see 
ill tithers ill thriuers most commonlie bee. 

53 Paie weekelie thy workman, his houshold to feed, 

paie quarterlie seruants, to buie as they need : 
Giue garment to such as deserue and no mo, 
least thou and thy wife without garment doe go. 

54 Beware raskabilia, slothful! to wurke, 

purloiners and filchers, that loueth to lurke. 

Away with such lubbers, so loth to take paine, 

that roules in expences, but neuer no gaine, 

55 Good wife, and good children, are worthie to eate, 

good seruant, good laborer, earneth their meate : 
Good friend, and good neighbor, that fellowlie gest, 
with hartilie welcome, should haue of the best. 

> St. 52 is not in 1577 ; sts. 56, 58, 59 not in 1573 (M.) ; 56, 58, 59, 60, 
61, 62 not in 1577. 



26 Good Jiiisbandlie lessons. 

56 Depart not with al that thou hast to thy childe, 

much lesse vnto other, for being beguilde : 
Least, if thou wouldst gladlie possesse it agen, 
looke for to come by it thou wottest not when. 

57 The greatest preferment that childe we can giue, 

is learning and nurture, to traine him to Hue : 
Which who so it wanteth, though left as a squier, 
consumeth to nothing, as block in the fier. 

58 When God hath so blest thee, as able to Hue, 

and thou hast to rest thee, and able to giue. 
Lament thy offences, serue God for amends, 
make soule to be readie when God for it sends. 

59 Send fruites of thy faith to heauen aforehand, 

for mercie here dooing, God blesseth thy land : 
He maketh thy store with his blessing to swim, 
and after, thy soule to be blessed with him. 

60 Some lay to get riches by sea and by land, 

and ventreth his life in his enimies hand : 
And setteth his soule vpon sixe or on seauen, 
not fearing nor caring for hell nor for heauen. 

61 Some pincheth, and spareth, and pineth his life, 

to cofer vp bags for to leaue to his wife : 
And she (when he dieth) sets open the chest, 
for such as can sooth hir and all away wrest. 

62 Good husband, preuenting the frailnes of some, 

takes part of Gods benefits, as they doo come. 
And leaueth to wife and his children the rest, 
each one his owne part, as he thinketh it best. 

63 These lessons approoued, if wiselie ye note, 

may saue and auantage ye many a grote. 
Which if ye can follow, occasion found, 
then euerie lesson may saue ye a pound. 



An habitation info reed. 27 

11. 

■i An habitation info reed better late than neuer, 

vpon these words Sit downe Robin and rest thee. 

Chap. 1 1. 

'h/TY friend, if cause doth wrest thee, 

Ere follie hath much opprest thee : 
Farre from acquai?itance kest thee. 
Where countrie viay digest thee, 
Let ivood and water request tJiee, 
In good come soile to nest thee. 
Where pasture atid mcade may brest thee. 
And healthso?n aire inuest tJiee. 
Though enuie shall detest thee, 
Let that no whit molest thee, 
Thanke God, tJiat so JiatJi blest tJiee, 
And sit downe Robin &f rest tfiee. 

*^* The title in the edition of 1577 reads : 
An habitation enforced aduisedly to be followed better late than never, &c. 



12. 

[Not in 1577.] 

H The fermers dailie diet. 

Chap. 12. 

I A Plot set downe, for fermers quiet, 
■^-^ as time requires, to frame his diet 
With sometime fish, and sometime fast, 
that houshold store may longer last. 



28 



The fcrnicrs dailie diet. 



Lent. 



Easter. 



2 Let Lent well kept offend not thee, 

for March and Aprill breeders bee : 
Spend herring first, saue saltfish last, 
for saltfish is good, when Lent is past. 

3 When Easter comes, who knowes not than, 

that Veale and Bakon is the man : 
And Martilmas beefe^ doth beare good tack, 
when countrie folke doe dainties lack. 



Midsommer. 



Jlihelmas. 



Hallomas. 



Christmas. 



A caueat. 



Fasting. 



Fish daies. 



A thing 
needful. 



The last 
remedie. 



4 When Mackrell ceaseth from the seas, 

John Baptist brings grassebeefe and pease. 
Fresh herring plentie, Mihell brings, 
with fatted Crones,^ and such old things. 

5 All Saints doe laie for porke and souse, 

for sprats and spurlings for their house. 
At Christmas play and make good cheere, 
for Christmas comes but once a yeere. 

6 Though some then doe, as doe they would, 

let thriftie doe, as doe they should. 
For causes good, so many waies, 

keepe Embrings wel, and fasting daies : 

7 What lawe commands, we ought to obay, 

for Friday, Saturne, and Wednesday. 
The land doth will, the sea doth wish, 
spare sometime flesh, and feede of fish. 

Where fish is scant, and fruit of trees, 
Supplie that want with butter and cheese. 



% 



Tusser. 



1 "Dry'd in the Chimney as Bacon, and is so called because it was 
usual to kill the Beef for this Provision about the Feast of St. Martin, 
Nov. nth."— T.R. 

* "A Crone is a Ewe, whose teeth are so worne down that she can no 
longer keep her sheep-walk." — T.R. 



The properties of the windes. 



29 



13. 

[Not in 1577.] 



A description of the properties of windes 
all the times of the yeere. 



Chap. 13. 

1 North winds send haile, South winds bring raine, 
East winds we bewail, West winds blow amaine : 
North east is too cold, South east not too warme, 
North west is too bold, South west doth no harme. 

2 The north is a noyer to grasse of all suites, 
The east a destroyer to herbe and all fruites : 
The south with his showers refresheth the cornc, 
The west to all flowers may not be forborne. 

3 The West, as a father, all goodnes doth bring, 
The East, a forbearer, no manner of thing : 

The South, as vnkind, draweth sicknesse too neere, 
The North, as a friend, maketh all againe cleere. 

4 With temperate winde we be blessed of God, 
With tempest we finde we are beat with his rod : 
All power we knowe to remaine in his hand. 
How euer winde blowe, by sea or by land. 

5 Though windes doe rage, as windes were wood, 
And cause spring tydes to raise great flood, 
And loftie ships leaue anker in mud, 
Bereafing many of life and of blud ; 

Yet true it is, as cow chawes cud, 
And trees at spring doe yeeld forth bud. 
Except winde stands as neuer it stood. 
It is an ill winde turnes none to good. 



In winter. 



At the 
spring. 



Sommer. 



Autumne. 



God is the 

gouerner of 
winde and 
weather. 



30 



TJie Planets. 



14. 



[Not in 1577.] 



1 Of the Planets. 



Chap. 14. 



I A S hnswiues are teached, in stead of a clock, 
-^^ how winter nights passeth, by crowing of cock ; 
So here by the Planets, as far as I dare, 

some lessons I leaue for the husbandmans share. 



Of the rising 
and going 
down of the 
sun. 



2 If day star appeareth, day comfort is ny. 

If sunne be at south, it is noone by and by : 
If sunne be at westward, it setteth anon. 
If sunne be at setting, the day is soone gon. 



Of the 
Moone 
changing 



3 Moone changed, keepes closet three dales as a Queene, 

er she in hir prime will of any be seene : 
If great she appereth, it showreth out, 

If small she appereth, it signifieth drout. 
At change or at full, come it late or else soone, 

maine sea is at highest, at midnight and noone : 
But yet in the creekes it is later high flood, 

through farnesse of running, by reason as good. 



Of flowing 
and ebbing 
to such as be 
verie sick. 



4 Tyde flowing is feared, for many a thing, 

great danger to such as be sick it doth bring : 
Sea eb by long ebbing some respit doth giue, 
and sendeth good comfort to such as shal Hue. 



Septembers Abstract. 

15. 

If Septembers Abstract. 



31 



Chap. If. 



i^ Now enter John, 
old fermer is sron. 



9 Gr6ene rie haue some, 
er Mihelmas come. 



2^ What champion vseth, 
that woodland refuseth. 



10 Grant soile hir lust, 
sowe rie in the dust. 



3 Good ferme now take, 
k^epe still, or forsake. 

4 What helpes to reuiue 
the thriuing to thriue. 

5 Plough, fence, & store 
aught else before. 

6 By tits and such 
few gaineth much. 

7 Horse strong and light 
soone charges quite.* 
Light head and purse, 
what lightnes wurse. 

8 Who goeth ^ a borrowing, 
goeth a sorrowing. 
Few lends (but fooles) 
their workinsr tooles.* 



1 1 Cleane rie that sowes, 
the better crop mowes. 

12 Mix rie aright, 

with wheat that is whight. 

13 S6e come sowen in, 
too thick nor too thin. 
For want of s6ede, 
land y6eldeth w^ede. 

14 With sling or bowe, 
k^epe corne from Crowe. 

15 Trench hedge and forrow, 
that water may thorow. 
D6epe dike saues much, 
from drouers and such. 

16 Amend marsh wall. 
Crab holes and all. 



' Stanzas i and 2 not in 1577. 

^ quight. 1577. ^ goes. 1577. 

* After St. 8, in 1577, follow sts. 36, 37, of August's Abstract. Many 
stanzas of Sept. Abst , 1577, occur as Aug. Works after harvest in 15S0. 



32 



Septeiuhcrs A bstract. 



\- Geld bulles and rams, 
sewe ponds, amend dams. 
Sell Webster thy wull, 
fruite gather, grapes pull. 
For fear of drabs, 
go gather thy crabs. 

1 8 Plucke fruite to last, 
when MihelP is past. 

1 9 Forget it not, 

fruit brused will rot. 
Light ladder and long 
doth tr6e least wrong. 
Go gather with skill, 
and gather that will. 

20 Driue hiue, good conie, 
for waxe and for honie. 
No driuing of hiue, 

till y^eres past^ fine. 



I pray thee (good Kit) 
drowne hempe in pit. 

25 Of al the rest, 
white hempe is best. 
Let skilfuU be gotten 
least hempe prooue rotten . 

26 Set strawberies, wife, 
I loue them for life. 

27 Plant Respe and rose, 
and such as those. 

28 Goe gather vp mast, 
er* time be past. 
Mast fats vp swine. 
Mast kils vp kine. 

29 Let hogs be roong, 
both old and yoong. 



2 1 Good dwelling giue bee, 
or hence goes^ sh6e. 

22 Put bore in stie, 
for Hallontide nie. 



30 No mast vpon oke, 
no longer^ vnyoke. 
If hog doe crie, 
giue eare and eie. 



23 With bore (good Cisse) 
let naught be amisse. 



31 Hogs haunting corne 
may not be borne. 



24 Karle hempe, left gr^ene, 
now pluck vp cl6ene. 
Drowne hemp as ye n^ed, 
once had out his s6ed. 



' Migchel. 1577. 
" or. 1577. 



32 Good neighbour thow 
good custome alow, 
No scaring with dog, 
whilst mast is for hog-. 



^ nere. 1577. 
* lenger. 1577. 



goeth. 1577. 



Septembers abstract. 



33 



II Get home with the brake, 
to brue with and bake, 
To couer the shed 
drie ouer the hed, 
To lie vnder cow,^ 
to rot vnder mow,^ 
To serue to burne, 
for many a turne. 

34 To sawpit drawe 
boord log, to sawe. 
Let timber be haile, 
least profit doe quaile. 
Such boord and pale 
is readie sale. 

35 Sawne slab let lie, 
for stable and stie, 
sawe dust spred thick, 
makes alley trick. 

36 K6epe safe thy fence, 
scare breakhedge thence. 
A drab and a knaue 
will prowle to haue. 

37 Marke winde and moone, 
at midnight and noone. 
Some rigs thy plow, 
some milks thy cow. 



39 Some steale, some pilch, 
some all away filch, 
Mark losses with grdefe, 
through prowling theefe. 

Thus endeth Septembers ab- 
stract, agreeing with Sep- 
tembers husbandrie. ^ 



\ Other short remem- 
brances} 

[40] Now friend, as ye wish, 
goe seuer thy fish : 
When friend shall come, 
to be sure of some. 

[41] Thy ponds renew, 
put eeles in stew, 
To 16eue^ till Lent, 
and then to be spent. 

[42] Set priuie or prim, 
set boxe like him. 
Set Giloflowers^ all, 
that growes on the wall. 

[43] Set herbes some more, 
for winter store. 
Sowe seedes for pot, 
for flowers sowe not. 



38 Red cur or black, 
few prowlers lack. 

Here ends Septembers short remembrances.^ 

' To lie under mow, 

to rot under kow. 1577. 
^ These and similar notes under other months do not occur in 1577. 
^ Hue. 1577. * Gelliflowers. 1577. 

3 



34 



Septembers Jmsbandrie. 



16. 



1 Septembers husbandrie. 



Chap. 15. 



September blowe soft, 
Till fruite be in loft. 



Forgotten, month past, 
Doe now at the last.^ 






T IMihelmas lightly new fermer comes in, 
lew husbandrie forceth him new to begin 
Old fermer, still taking the time to him giuen, 
makes Auffust to last vntill Mihelmas euen. 



2^ New fermer may enter (as champions say) 
on all that is fallow, at Lent ladie day : 
In woodland, old fermer to that will not yeeld, 
for loosing of pasture, and feede of his feeld. 



Ferme take 
or glue over. 



3 Prouide against Mihelmas,^ bargaine to make, 
for ferme to giue ouer, to keepe or to take : 
In dooing of either, let wit beare a stroke, 
for buieng or selling of pig in a poke. 



Tweluegood 
properties. 



4 Good ferme and well stored, good housing and drie, 
good come and good dairie, good market and nie : 
Good shepheard, good tilman, good Jack and good Gil 
makes husband and huswife their cofers* to fil. 



Haueeuera 5 Let pasture be Stored, and fenced about, 

good fence. 

and tillage set forward, as needeth without : 
Before ye doe open your purse to begin, 
with anything dooing for fancie within. 



^ In 1577 these and similar couplets at the beginning of each month's 
Hitshand7-ie, precede the month's Abstract instead. 

2 Sts. I and 2 not in 1577. 

3 Mighelmas. 1577. * coefers. 1577. 



J 



Hiisbandlie furniture. 



35 



6 No storing of pasture with baggedglie tit, 

with ragged,^ with aged, and euil athit:'^ 
Let carren and barren be shifted awaie, 
for best is the best, whatsoeuer ye paie. 

7 Horse, Oxen, plough, tumbrel, cart, waggon, & waine, 

the lighter and stronger, the greater thy gaine. 
The soile and the seede, with the sheafe and the purse, 
the lighter in substance, for profite the wurse. 

8 To borow to daie and to-morrow to mis, 

for lender and borower, noiance it is : 
Then haue of thine owne, without lending vnspilt, 
what followeth needfull, here learne if thou wilt.' 



Best cattle 
most profit. 



Strong and 
light. 



Hateborow- 
ing. 



' ^* The stanzas of No. 1 6 are continued after the following Digression. 



17. 

A digression to hiisbandlie furniture. 

1 Barne locked, gofe ladder, short pitchforke and long, 

flaile, strawforke and rake, with a fan that is strong : 
Wing, cartnaue and bushel, peck, strike readie hand, 
get casting sholue, broome, and a sack with a band. 

2 A stable wel planked, with key and a lock, 

walles stronglie wel lyned,* to beare off a knock : 
A rack and a manger, good litter and haie, 
sweete chaffe and some prouender euerie daie. 

3 A pitchfork, a doongfork, seeue, skep and a bin, 

a broome and a paile to put water therein : 
A handbarow, wheelebarow, sholue and a spade, 
a currie combe, mainecombe, and whip for a Jade. 



Barne fumi 
ture. 



Stable furni- 
ture. 



^ rakged. 1577. 

^ Or borow with sorow as long as thou wilt. 

" liened. 1577. 



1577- 



athyt. 1577. 



36 



Husbandlie furniture. 



Cart furni- 
ture. 



A Coeme is 
halfe a 
quarter. 



Husbandr}' 
tooles. 



Plough 
furniture. 



4 A buttrice^ and pincers, a hammer and naile, 

an aperne and siszers for head and for taile : 
Hole bridle and saddle, whit lether and nail, 
with collers and harneis, for thiller and all. 

5 A panel and wantey, packsaddle and ped, 

A line to fetch litter, and halters for hed. 
With crotchis and pinnes, to hang trinkets theron, 
and stable fast chained, that nothing be gon. 

6 Strong exeltred cart, that is clouted^ and shod,' 

cart ladder and wimble, with percer and pod : 
Wheele ladder for haruest, light pitchfork and tough, 
shaue, whiplash* wel knotted, and cartrope ynough. 

7 Ten sacks, whereof euerie one holdeth a coome, 

a pulling hooke handsome, for bushes and broome : 
Light tumbrel and doong crone, for easing sir wag, 
sholue, pickax, and mattock, with bottle and bag. 

8 A grinstone, a whetstone, a hatchet and bil, 

with hamer and english naile, sorted with skil : 
A frower of iron, for cleaning of lath, 

with roule for a sawpit, good husbandrie hath. 

q A short saw and long saw, to cut a too logs, 

an ax and a nads, to make troffe for thy hogs : 
A Douercourt beetle, and w^edges with Steele, 
strong leuer to raise vp the block fro the wheele. 

10 Two ploughs and a plough chein, ij culters, iij shares, 

with ground cloutes & side clouts for soile that so tares : 
With ox bowes and oxyokes, and other things mo, 
for oxteeme and horseteeme, in plough for to go. 



1 To pare horse's hoofs ^vith. — "Tusser Redivivus." 
^ "Clouting is arming the Axle-Tree with Iron plates." — T.R, 
^ "Arming the Fellowes with Iron Strakes, or a Tire as some call it. 
-T.R. Strakes are segments of a tire. 
* " Of a tough piece of Whitleather. " — T.R. 



Husbandlie fiiniitiire. 37 

1 1 A plough beetle, ploughstaff, to further the plough, 

great clod to a sunder that breaketh so rough ; 
A sled for a plough, and another for blocks, 
for chimney in winter, to burne vp their docks. 

12 Sedge collers' for ploughhorse, for lightnes of neck, 

good seede and good sower, and also seede peck : 
Strong oxen and horses, wel shod and wel clad, 
wel meated and vsed, for making thee sad. 

1 3 A barlie rake toothed, with yron and Steele, 

like paier of harrowes, and roler doth weele : 
A sling for a moether, a bowe for a boy. 
a whip for a carter, is hoigh de la roy. 

14 A brush sithe and grasse sithe, with rifle to stand, Haruest 

a cradle for barlie, with rubstone and sand : 
Sharpe sikle and weeding hooka, haie fork and rake, 
a meake for the pease, and to swinge vp the brake. 

15' Short rakes for to gather vp barlie to binde, 

and greater to rake vp such leanings behinde : 
A rake for to hale vp the fitchis that lie, 

a pike for to pike them vp handsom to drie. 

1 6^ A skuttle or skreine, to rid soile fro the come, 

and sharing sheares readie for sheepe to be shorne : 
A fork and a hooke, to be tampring in claie,* 
a lath hammer, trowel, a hod, or a traie. 



^ "Lightest and coolest, but indeed not so comly as those of Wadmus." 
— T.R. 

- St. 15 not in 1577, but as follows : — 

Rakes also for barley, long toothed in hed, 
and greater like toothed for barley so shed. 

and first couplet of st. 16. 

^ St. 16 not thus in 1577 ; see note 2, and next note. 
* In 1577 the second couplet of st. 16 makes a stanza with the following : 
Strong fetters and shakles, with horslock and pad ; 
Strong soles, and such other thinges, meete to be had. 



38 Hnsbandlie furniture. 

1 7 Strong yoke for a hog, with a twicher and rings, 

with tar in a tarpot, for dangerous things :^ 
A sheepe marke, a tar kettle, little or mitch, 
two pottles of tar to a pottle of pitch. 

18 Long ladder to hang al along by the vval, 

to reach for a neede to the top of thy hal : 
Beame, scales, with the weights, that be sealed and true, 
sharp moulspare with barbs, that the mowles do so rue. 

19^ Sharpe cutting spade, for the deuiding of mow, 
with skuppat and skauel, that marsh men alow : 
A sickle to cut with, a didall and crome 

for draining of ditches, that noies thee at home. 

20' A'clauestock and rabetstock, carpenters craue, 
and seasoned timber, for pinwood to haue : 
A Jack for to saw vpon fewell for fier, 

for sparing of firewood, and sticks fro the mier. 

21 Soles, fetters, and shackles, with horselock and pad, 
a cow house for winter, so meete to be had : 
A stie for a bore, and a hogscote for hog, 

a roost for thy hennes, and a couch for thy dog. 

Here endeth husbandlie furniture. 



^ Hog yokes, and a twicher, and ringes for a hog, 

with tar in a pot, for the byeting of dog. 1577. 
2 St. 19 not in 1577. ^ St. 20 not in 1577. 

*iie* In the edition of 1577 stanzas 31-46 of Augusts Husbandrie {post) 
are found here. 



Septembers hiisbandrie. 
[16 contd.'] 



39 



9 Thresh seed and to fanning, September doth crie, 
get plough to the field, and be sowing of rie : 
To harrow the rydgis, er euer ye strike, 

is one peece^ of husbandrie Suffolk doth like. 

I o Sowe timely thy whitewheat, sowe rie in the dust, 
let seede haue his longing, let soile haue hir lust : 
Let rie be partaker of Mihelmas spring, 

to beare out the hardnes that winter doth bring. 

1 1^ Some mixeth to miller the rie with the wheat, 
Temmes lofe on his table to haue for to eate : 
But sowe it not mixed, to growe so on land, 
least rie tarie wheat, till it shed as it stand. 

12 If soile doe desire to haue rie with the wheat, 

by growing togither, for safetie more great, 
Let white wheat be ton, be it deere, be it cheape, 
the sooner to ripe, for the sickle to reape. 

13 Though beanes be in sowing but scattered in, 

yet wheat, rie, and peason, I loue not too thin : 
Sowe barlie and dredge, with a plentifull hand, 

least weede, steed of seede, ouer groweth thy land. 

14-' No sooner a sowing, but out by and by, 

with mother* or boy that Alarum can cry : 
And let them be armed with sling or with bowe, 
to skare away piggen, the rooke and the crowe. 

1 5 Seed sowen, draw a forrough, the water to draine, 
and dike vp such ends as in harmes^ doe remaine : 
For driuing of cattell or rouing that waie, 
which being preuented, ye hinder their praie. 



Sowing of 
rie. 



Myslen. 



Sowing. 



Keeping of 
Crowes. 



Water fur- 
rough. 



1 This point of good husbandry, etc. 1577. ^ St. 11 not in 1577. 

^ Sts. 14 and 15 not in 1577, but nine stanzas which do not occur here. 
* Cf. ante, ch. 17, st. 13. ^ Qi. post, ch. 19, st. 6. 



40 



Septembers hiisbandrie. 



Amend 

marsh 

walles. 



1 6 Saint MiheP doth bid thee amend the marsh wal, 
the brecke and the crab hole, the foreland and al 
One noble in season bestowed theron, 

mav saue thee a hundred er winter be son. 



Gelding of 
rams. 



1 7 Now geld with the gelder the ram and the bul, 

sew ponds, amend dammes, and sel webster thy wul 
Out fruit go and gather, but not in the deaw, 
with crab and the wal nut, for feare of a shreaw. 



Gathering 
of fruit. 



1 8 The Moone in the wane, gather fruit for to last, 
but winter fruit gather when MiheP is past : 
Though michers that loue not to buy nor to craue, 
makes some gather sooner, else few for to haue. 



Too early 19 Fruit gathred too timely wil tastc of the wood, 

gathering is 

not best. wil shriuk^ and be bitter, and seldome prooue good 

So fruit that is shaken, or beat off a tree, 
with brusing in falling, soone faultie wil bee. 



Driuing of 
hiues. 



2 Now burne vp the bees that ye mind for to driue, 
at Midsomer driue them and saue them aliue : 
Place hiue in good ayer, set southly and warme, 
and take in due season wax, honie, and swarme. 



Preseruing 
of bees. 



2 1 Set hiue on a plank, (not too low by the ground) 

where herbe with the flowers may compas it round : 
And boordes to defend it from north and north east, 
from showers and rubbish, from vermin and beast. 



Stie up 
the bore. 



2 2 At Mihelmas safely go stie vp thy Bore, 

least straying abrode, ye doo see him no more 
The sooner the better for Halontide nie, 
and better he brawneth if hard he doo lie. 



1 Mighel. 1577. 

* "If Fruit stand too long it will be mealy, which is worse than slirively, 
for now most Gentlemen chuse the shriveled Apple." — T.R. 



Septembers Jtiisbandrie. 



41 



23 Shift bore (for il aire) as best ye do thinke, 

and twise a day giue him fresh vittle and drinke : 
And diligent Cislye, my dayrie good wench, 

make cleanly his cabben, for measling and stench. 



24 Now pluck vp thy hempe, and go beat out the seed, 
and afterward water it as ye see need : 
But not in the riuer where cattle should drinke, 
for poisoning them and the people with stinke. 



Gathering- 
of winter 
hempe. 



25 Hempe huswifely vsed lookes cleerely and bright, 
and selleth it selfe by the colour so whight : 
Some vseth to water it, some do it not,^ 
be skilful in dooing, for feare it do rot. 



Whitest 
hempe best 
sold. 



26 Wife, into thy garden, and set me a plot, 

with strawbery rootes, of the best to be got : 
Such growing abroade, among thornes in the wood, 
wel chosen and picked prooue excellent good. 



Setting of 
strawberies 
& roses, &c. 



27 The Barbery, Respis, and Goosebery too, 

looke now to be planted as other things doo 
The Goosebery, Respis, and Roses, al three, 
with Strawberies vnder them trimly agree. 



Gooseberies 
& Respis. 



28 To gather some mast, it shal stand thee vpon, 
with seruant and children, er mast be al gon : 
Some left among bushes shal pleasure thy swine, 
for feare of a mischiefe keepe acorns fro kine. 



Gathering 
of mast. 



29 For rooting of pasture ring hog ye had neede, 
which being wel ringled the better do feede : 
Though yong with their elders wil lightly keepe best, 
yet spare not to ringle both great and the rest. 



Rooting of 
hogs. 



* "Ther is a Water-retting and a Dew-retting, which last is done on 
a good Rawing, or aftermath of a Meadow Water." — T.R. 



42 



Septembers Jiusbandrie. 



Yoking of 
swine. 



Hunting of 
hogs. 



30 Yoke seldom thy swine while the shacktime^ doth last, 

for diuers misfortunes that happen too fast : 
Or if ye do fancie whole eare of the hog, 
giue eie to il neighbour and eare to his dog. 

3 1 Keepe hog I aduise thee from medow and come, 

for out aloude crying that ere he was borne : 
Such lawles, so haunting, both often and long, 
if dog set him chauntins: he doth thee no wronjr. 



Ringling of 
hogs. 



32 Where loue among neighbors do beare any stroke, 
whiles shacktime indureth men vse not to yoke : 
Yet surely ringling is needeful and good, 

til frost do enuite them to brakes in the wood. 



Carriage of 33* Get homc with thy brakes, er an sommer be gon, 

brakes. 

for teddered cattle to sit there vpon : 
To couer thy houel, to brewe and to bake, 
to lie in the bottome, where houel ye make. 



Sawe out 
thy timber. 



Slabs of 
timber. 



Hedge 
breakers. 



34 Now sawe out thy timber, for boord and for pale, 

to haue it vnshaken, and ready to sale : 
Bestowe it and stick it,^ and lay it aright, 
to find it in March, to be ready in plight. 

35 Saue slab* of thy timber for stable and stie, 

for horse and for hog the more clenly to lie : 

Saue sawe dust, and brick dust, and ashes so fine, 

for alley to walke in, with neighbour of thine. 

36 Keepe safely and warely thine vttermost fence, 

with ope gap and breake hedge do seldome dispence 
Such runabout prowlers, by night and by day, 
see punished iustly for prowling away. 



1 "After Harvest."— T.R. 

* This is placed before st. 9 in 1577. 

' "Laying the Boards handsomely one upon another with .sticks be- 
tween." — T.R. 

* The outermost piece. 



Octobers abstract. 



43 



37 At noone if it bloweth, at night if it shine, knowHewe 

out trudgeth Hew make shift, with hooke & with line : P'-o«'ier. 
Whiles Gillet, his blouse, is a milking thy cow, 
Sir Hew is a rigging thy gate or the plow. 



38 Such walke with a black or a red little cur, 

that open wil quickly, if anything stur ; 
Then squatteth the master, or trudgeth away, 
and after dog runneth as fast as he may. 

39 Some prowleth for fewel, and some away rig 

fat goose, and the capon, duck, hen, and the pig : 
Some prov/leth for acornes, to fat vp their swine, 
for corne and for apples, and al that is thine. 

Thus endeth Septembers husbandrie. ^ 
*** Many stanzas do not occur or are not in the same order in 1577. 



Black or 
red dogs. 



18. 

1 Octobers abstract. 

Chap. 16. 

I T AY drie vp and round, Flaies lustily thwack, 

-L* for barlie thy ground. least plough seede lack. 



2 Too late doth kill, 
too soone is as ill. 

3 Maides little and great, 
pick cleane s^ede wheat. 
Good ground doth craue 
choice seede to haue. 



1 Of. note 2, p. 33. 
- 1577 inserts — 



4^ Seede first go fetch, 
for edish or etch, 
Soile perfectly knowe, 
er edish ye sowe. 

5 White wheat, if ye please, 
sowe now vpon pease. 



PHe sowing a pace, 
in euery place. 



44 



Octobers abstract. 



Sowe first the best, 
and then the rest. 



13 The iudgement of some 
how thistles doe come. 



6^ Who soweth in raine, 
hath w6ed to his paine. 
But worse shall he sp6ed, 
that soweth ill s6ed. 



14 A iudgement right, 
of land in plight. 
Land, all forlorne, 
not good for corne. 



7 Now, better than later, 
draw furrow for water. 
K6epe crowes, good sonne, 
s^e fencing^ be donne. 

8^ Each soile no vaine 
for euerie graine. 
Though soile be but bad, 
some corne may be had. 

9 Naught proue, naught craue, 
naught venter, naught haue. 

10 One crop and away, 
some countrie may say. 

1 1 All grauell and sand, 
is not the best land. 
A rottenly mould 

is land woorth gould. 



] 5 Land barren doth beare 
small strawe, short eare. 

16 Here maist thou r^ede 
for soile what s6ede. 

1 7 Tis tride ery hower, 
best graine most flower. 

1 8 Grosse corne much bran 
the baker doth ban. 

19* What croppers b6e 
here learne to s^e. 

20* Few after crop much, 
but noddies and such. 

2 1 Som woodland may crake, 
three crops he may take. 



1 2 Why wheat is smitten 
good lesson is written. 



22 First barlie, then pease, 
then wheat, if ye please. 



' St. 6 is not in 1577. 

* furrowing. 1577. 

^ Sts. 8-30 do not occur here in 1577 ; but sts. 32-37 follow. 

^ Sts. 19 and 20 are in Septembers Abstract in 1577. 



Octobers abstract. 



45 



23 Two crops and away, 
must champion say. 

24^ Where barlie did growe, 
laie^ wheat to so we. 
Yet better I thinke, 
sowe pease after drinke. 
And then, if ye please, 
sowe wheat after pease. 

25 What champion knowes 
that custome showes. 

26 First barlie er rie, 
then pease by and by. 
Then fallow for wheat, 
is husbandrie great. 



31 Sowe acornes to prooue 
that timber doe looue. 

32 Sowe bastings now, 
if land^ it alow. 

33 Learne soone to get 
a good quickset. 

34 For feare of the wurst 
make fat away furst. 

35 Fat that no more 
ye keepe for store. 

36 Hide carren in graue, 
lesse noiance to haue. 



27 A remedie sent, 
where pease lack vent. 
Fat peasefed swine 
for drouer is fine. 

28 Each diuers soile 
hath diuers toile. 

29 Some countries vse 
that some refuse. 

30 For wheat ill land, 
where water doth stand. 
Sowe pease or dredge 
belowe in that redge. 



37 Hog measeled kill, 
for flemming that will. 

38* With peasebolt and brake 
some brew and bake. 

39 Old corne^ worth gold, 
so kept as it shold. 

40 Much profit is rept, 
by sloes well kept. 

41 Keepe sloes vpon bow, 
for fli.xe of thy cow. 



^ In Septembers Abstract in 1577. 

^ ground. 1577. 

* In 1577, sts. 38 to the end are much transposed. 

* graine. 1577. 



2 strike. 1577. 



46 



Octobers abstract. 



42 Of vergis be sure, 
poore cattel to cure. 

Thus endeth Octobers ab- 
stract, agreeing with Octobers 
husbandrie.' 



^ Other short remem- 
brances} 

[43] Cisse, haue an eie 
to bore in the stie. 
By malt ill kept, 
small profit is rept. 

[44] Friend, ringle thy hog, 
for feare of a dog. 
Rie straw up stack, 
least Thacker doe lack. 

[45] Wheat straw drie saue, 
for cattell to haue. 
Wheat chaffe lay vp drie, 
in safetie to lie. 

[46] Make handsome a bin, 
for chaife to lie in. 



[47] (S^ede thresht)thou shalt 
thresh barlie to malt. 
Cut bushes to hedge, 
fence mcdow and redgc. 

[48] Stamp crabs that may, 
for rotting away. 
Make vergis and perie, 
sowe kirnell and berie. 

[49] Now gather vp fruite, 
of euerie suite. 
Marsh wall too slight, 
strength now,or god night. 

[50]^ Mend wals of mud, 
for now it is good. 
Where soile is of sand, 
quick set out of hand. 

[51] To plots not full 
ad bremble and hull. 
For set no bar 
whilst month hath an R. 
Like note thou shalt 
for making of malt. 
Brew now to last 
till winter be past. 



Here ends Octobers short remembrances.^ 



1 Cf. note 2, p. 33. 

^ First couplet of st. 50 not in 1577 



Octobers husbajidrie. 



A7 



19. 

1 Octobers husbandrie. 



Chap. 17. 



October good blast, 
To blowe the hoa; mast. 



Forgotten month past, 
Doe now at the last. 



1 "VTOW lay vp thy barley land, drie as ye can, 
•^^ when euer ye sowe it so looke for it than : 
Get daily aforehand, be neuer behinde ; 

least winter preuenting do alter thy minde. 

2 Who laieth vp fallow too soone or too wet, 

with noiances many doth barley beset. 
For weede and the water so soketh and sucks, 
that goodnes from either it vtterly plucks. 

3 Greene rie in September when timely thou hast, 

October for wheat sowing calleth as fast. 
If weather will suffer, this counsell I giue, 
Leaue sowing of wheat before Hallomas eue. 

4 Where wheat vpon edish ye mind to bestowe, 

let that be the first of the wheat ye do sowe : 
He seemeth to hart it and comfort to bring, 
that giueth it comfort of Mihelmas spring. 

5 White wheat vpon peaseetch doth grow as he wold, 

but fallow is best, if we did as we shold :^ 
Yet where, how, and when, ye entend to begin, 
let euer the finest be first sowen in." 

6^ Who soweth in raine, he shall reape it with teares, 
who soweth in harmes,* he is euer in feares, 
Who soweth ill seede or defraudeth his land, 
hath eie sore abroode, with a coresie at hand. 



Laie vp 
barlie land. 



\ATieat 
sowinff. 



Sowe edish 
betimes. 



Best wheat 
tirst sowen. 



* White wheat upon pease etch is willing to grow : 

though best upon fallow as many do knowe. I577- 
^ After St. 5, 1577 has st. t,^ post. ^ §(-_ 5 j^qj. Jj^ 1577. 

* "In harms or harms way, whether of Roads, ill Neighbours, Torrents 
of Water, Conies, or other Vermin." — T.R. Cf. attie, ch, 16, st. 15. 



48 Octobers Jiusbandrie. 

"f- Seede husbandly sowen, water furrow^ thy ground, 
that raine when it commcth may run away round, 
Then stir about Nicoll, with arrow and bowe, 
take penie for killing of euerie crowe. 



[Not in 1577.] 

A digression to the 21s age of diners countries, 
concerning Tillage. 

8 Each soile hath no liking of euerie graine, 

nor barlie and wheat is for euerie vaine : 
Yet knowe I no countrie so barren of soile 

but some kind of corne may be gotten with toile. 

9 In Brantham, where rie but no barlie did growe, 

good barlie I had, as a meany did knowe : 
Five seame of an aker I truely was paid, 
for thirtie lode muck of each aker so laid. 

1 In Suffolke againe, where as wheat neuer grew, 

good husbandrie vsed good wheat land I knew : 
This Prouerbe experience long ago gaue, 

that nothing who practiseth nothing shall haue. 

1 1 As grauell and sand is for rie and not wheat, 

(or yeeldeth hir burden to tone the more great,) 
So peason and barlie delight not in sand, 
but rather in claie or in rottener land. 

12 Wheat somtime is steelie or burnt as it growes, 

for pride ^ or for pouertie practise so knowes. 
Too lustie of courage for wheat doth not well, 
nor after sir peeler he looueth to dwell. 



^ In Septembers Husbandry, 1577. 

^ "Furrows drawn cross tlie Ridges in the lowest part of the Ground." 
— T.R. 

^ "or too much Dun"." — T.R. 



Octobers hiisbandrie. 49 

1 3 Much wetnes, hog rooting, and land out of hart, 

makes thistles a number foorthwith to vpstart. 
If thistles so growing prooue lustie and long, 
it signifieth land to be hartie and strong. 

14 As land full of tilth and in hartie good plight, 

yeelds blade to a length and encreaseth in might, 
So crop vpon crop, vpon whose courage we doubt, 
yeelds blade for a brag, but it holdeth not out. 

15 The straw and the eare to haue bignes and length, 

betokeneth land to be good and in strength. 
If eare be but short, and the strawe be but small, 
it signifieth barenes and barren withall. 

16 White wheat or else red, red riuet or whight, 

far passeth all other, for land that is light. 
White pollard or red, that so richly is set, 
for land that is heauie is best ye can get. 

1 7 Maine wheat that is mixed with white and with red 

is next to the best in the market mans hed : 
So Turkey or Purkey wheat many doe loue, 
because it is flourie, as others aboue. 

18 Graie wheat is the grosest, yet good for the clay, 

though woorst for the market, as fermer may say. 
Much like vnto rie be his properties found, 

coorse flower, much bran, and a peeler of ground. 

19 Otes, rie, or else barlie, and wheat that is gray, 

brings land out of comfort, and soone to decay : 
One after another, no comfort betweene, 
is crop vpon crop, as will quickly be seene. 

4 



50 Octobers Jiushandrie. 

Cropvpon 20 Still crop vpon crop many fermers do take, 



crop. 



and reape little profit for greedincs sake. 
Though breadcorne & drinkcorn such croppers do stand : 
count peason or brank, as a comfort to land. 

2 1 Good land that is seuerall, crops may haue three, 

in champion countrie it may not so bee : 
Ton taketh his season, as commoners may, 
the tother with reason may otherwise say. 

22 Some vseth at first a good fallow to make, 

to sowe thereon barlie, the better to take. 
Next that to sowe pease, and of that to sowe wheat, 
then fallow againe, or lie lay for thy neat. 

23 First rie, and then barlie, the champion sales, 

or wheat before barlie be champion waies : 
But drinke before bread corne with Middlesex men, 
then lay on more compas, and fallow agen. 

24 Where barlie ye sowe, after rie or else wheat, 

if land be vnlustie,^ the crop is not great, 
So lose ye your cost, to your coresie and smart, 
and land (ouerburdened) is cleane out of hart. 

25 Exceptions take of the champion land, 

from lieng alonge from that at thy hand. 
(Just by) ye may comfort with compas at will, 
far oft' ye must comfort with fauor and skill. 

26 Where rie or else wheat either barlie ye sowe, 

let codware be next, therevpon for to growe : 
Thus hauing two crops, whereof codware is ton, 
thou hast the lesse neede, to lay cost therevpon. 

^ "There is a sort of Barley, called Sprat Barley, or Battledore Barley, 
that will grow very well on lusty land. " — T. R. 



1 



Ociobef's hiisbandrie. 

27 Some far fro the market delight not in pease, 

for that ery chapman they seeme not to please. 
If vent of the market place serue thee not well, 
set hogs vp a fatting, to drouer to sell. 

28 Two crops of a fallow enricheth the plough, 

though tone be of pease, it is land good ynough : 
One crop and a fallow some soile will abide, 
where if ye go furder lay profit aside. 

29 Where peason ye had and a fallow thereon, 

sowe wheat ye may well without doong therevpon 
New broken vpland, or with water opprest, 
or ouer much doonged, for wheat is not best. 

30 Where water all winter annoieth too much, 

bestowe not thy wheat vpon land that is such : 
But rather sowe otes, or else bullimong there, 
gray peason, or runciuals, fitches, or tere. 



51 



3 1 Sowe acornes ye owners, that timber doe looue, 

sowe hawe and rie with them the better to prooue 
If cattel or cunnie may enter to crop, 

yong oke is in daunger of loosing his top. 



Sowing of 



32 Who pescods delighteth to haue with the furst, 
if now he do sowe them, I thinke it not wurst. 
The greener thy peason and warmer the roome, 
more lusty the layer, more plenty they come. 



Sowing of 
Hastings or 
fullams. 



II Go plow vp or delue vp, aduised with skill, 

the bredth of a ridge, and in length as you will. 
Where speedy quickset for a fence ye wil drawe, 
to sowe in the seede of the bremble and hawe. 



52 



Octobers Jiusbandrie. 



^t'ho^T^'" 3+ Through plenty of acornes, the porkling to fat, 
not taken in season, may perish by that, 
If ratling or swelling get once to the throte, 
thou loosest thy porkling, a crowne to a grote. 



Not to fat 
for rearing. 



35 What euer thing fat is, againe if it fall, 

thou ventrest the thing and the fatnes withall, 
The fatter the better, to sell or to kil, 

but not to continue, make proofe if ye wil. 



Burieng of 36 What euer thing dieth, go burie or burne, 

deadcattell. ^ & ' o ' 

for tainting of ground, or a woorser il turne. 
Such pestilent smell of a carrenly thing, 
to cattle and people great peril may bring. 



Measeled 
hogs. 



37 Thy measeled bacon, hog, sow, or thy bore, 
shut vp for to heale, for infecting thy store : 
Or kill it for bacon, or sowce it to sell, 

for Flemming, that loues it so deintily well. 



Strawwisps 
and peas- 
bolts. 



38 With strawisp and peasebolt, with feme and the brake, 
for sparing of few^el, some brewe and do bake. 
And heateth their copper, for seething of graines : 
good seruant rewarded, refuseth no paines. 



oide wheat 39 Good breadcomc and drinkcorne, full xx weekes kept, 

better than i 1 • 

new. is better then new, that at harvest is rept : 

But foisty the breadcorne and bowd eaten malt, 
for health or for profit, find noysome thou shall. 

40' By thend of October, go gather vp sloes, 
haue thou in a readines plentie of thoes. 
And keepe them in bedstraw, or still on the bow, 
to staie both the flixe of thyselfe and thy cow. 



' Stanza 40 is not in 1577. 



Nouembers abstract. 



53 



41 Seeith water and plump therein plenty of sloes, 
mix chalke^ that is dried in powder with thoes. 
Which so, if ye giue, with the water and chalke, 
thou makest the laxe fro thy cow away walke. 



A medicen 
for the cow 
flixe. 



42- Be sure of vergis (a gallond at least) 

so good for the kitchen, so needfull for beast. 
It helpeth thy cattel, so feeble and faint, 
if timely such cattle with it thou acquaint. 

Thus endeth Octobers husbandrie. 



20. 

II Nouemhcrs abstract. 



Chap. 18. 



LET hog once fat, 
loose nothing of that. 
When mast is gon, 
hog falleth anon. 
Still fat vp some, 
till Shroftide come. 
Now porke and souse, 
beares tack in house. 



3 Some winnow, some fan, 
some cast that can.* 

In casting prouide, 
for s6ede lay aside. 

4 Thresh barlie thou shalt, 
for chapman to malt. 
Else thresh no more 
but for thy store. 



2 Put barlie to malting, 
lay flitches a salting. 
Through follie too beastlie 
much bacon is reastie.* 



5'^ Till March thresh wheat, 
but as ye doo eat, 
Least baker forsake it 
if foystines take it. 



1 chawlk. 1577. 
* 1577 reads — 



Not in 1577. 



■ Stanza 42 is not in 1577. 

Let husbandly man 
make clene as he can. 



resty. 1577. 



54 



Nouembers abstract. 



6 No chaffe in bin, 

makes horse looke thin. 

7^ Sowe hastings now, 
that hastings alow. 

8 They buie it full d6ere, 
in winter that r^ere. 

9 Few fowles, lesse swine, 
rere now, friend mine. 

I o What losse, what sturs, 
throusrh rauening curs. 



1 6 Lay stouer vp drie 
in order to lie. 

Poore bullock^ doth craue 
fresh straw to haue. 

1 7 Make w^'ekly vp flower, 
though threshers do lower : 
Lay graine in loft 

and turne it oft. 

1 8 For muck, regard, 
make cleane foule yard. 
Lay straw to rot, 

in watrie plot. 



Make Martilmas b6efe, 
deere meate is a theefe. 



19 Hedlond vp plow, 
for compas ynow. 



1 2 Set garlike and pease, 
saint Edmond to please. 



20 For herbes good store, 
trench garden more. 



1 3 When raine takes place, 
to threshing apace. 



21 At midnight trie 
foule priuies to fie. 



14 Mad braine, too rough, 
marres all at plough. 
With flaile and whips, 
fat hen short skips. 

1 5 Some threshing by taske, 
will steale and not aske : 
Such thresher at night 
walkes seldom home light. 
Some come away lag 

in bottle and bag. 
Some steales, for a iest, 
egges out of the nest. 



22 Rid chimney of soot, 
from top to the foot. 

23 In stable, put now 
thy horses for plow. 

24 Good horsekeeper will 
laie muck vpon hill. 

25^ Cut molchils that stand 
so thick vpon land. 

Thus endeth Nouembers ab- 
stract, agreeing with Nouembers 
husbandrie. 



• Stanzas 7-10 are not in 1577. 



' kow. 



3 St. 25 is not in 1577. 



Nouemhers husbandrie. 



55 



^ Other short remem- 
brances. 

26 Get pole, boy mine, 
beate hawes to swine. 
Driue hog to the wood, 
brake rootes be q-ood. 



27 For mischiefe that falles, 
looke well to marsh walles. 



Drie laier get neate, . 
and plentie of meate. 

28 Curst cattel that nurteth, 
poore wennel soon hurteth. 
Good neighbour mine, 
ring well thy swine. 

29 Such winter may seme, 
hog ringled^ will €terue. 
In frost k6epe dog 
from hunting of hog. 



Here ends Nouembers short remembrances. 



21. 



I1 Nouembers husbandrie. 



Chap. 19. 



Nouember take flaile. 
Let ship no more saile. 



Forgotten month past, 
Doe now at the last. 



I A T Hallontide, slaughter time entereth in, 
■^^ and then doth the husbandmans feasting begin 
From thence vnto shroftide kill now and then some, 
their offal for houshold the better wil come. 



Slaughter 
time. 



2 Thy dredge and thy barley go thresh out to malt, 
let malster be cunning, else lose it thou shalt : 
Thencrease of a seame is a bushel for store, 
bad else is the barley, or huswife much more. 



Dredge is 
otes and 
barlie. 



1 ringd. 1577. 



56 



Novembers Jiusbandric. 



Winnowing, 
fanning, and 
casting. 



Threshing 
of barlie. 



Chaffe of 
com. 



Some vseth to winnow,' some vseth to fan, 
some vseth to cast it as cleane as they can : 

For seede goe and cast it, for malting not so, 
but get out the cockle,' and then let it go. 

4 Thresh barlie as yet but as neede shal require, 

fresh threshed for stoouer thy cattel desire : 

And therefore that threshing forbeare as ye may, 

till Candelmas comming, for sparing of hay. 

5 Such wheat as ye keepe for the baker to buie, 

vnthreshed till March in the sheafe let it lie, 
Least foistnes take it if sooner yee thresh it, 
although by oft turning ye seeme to refresh it. 

6 Saue chalTe of the barlie, of wheate, and of rie, 

from feathers and foistines, where it doth lie, 
Which mixed with corne, being sifted of dust, 
go giue to thy cattel, when serue them ye must. 

7* Greene peason or bastings at Hallontide sowe, 
in hartie good soile he requireth to growe : 
Graie peason or runciuals cheerely to stand, 
at Candlemas sowe, with a plentifull hand. 

8 Leaue latewardly rering, keepe now no more swine, 

but such as thou maist, with the offal of thine : 
Except ye haue wherewith to fat them away, 
the fewer thou keepest, keepe better yee may. 

9 To rere vp much pultrie, and want the barne doore, 

is naught for the pulter and woorse for the poore. 
So, now to keepe hogs and to sterue them for meate, 
is as to keepe dogs for to bawle in the streate. 

* winnew. 1557. 

- "If the Cockle be left in, it will work, and some say make the Drink 
the stronger." — T. R. 

^ Stanzas 7-10 are not in 1577. 



Nonembcrs liusbandrie. 



57 



10 As cat a good mouser is needfull in house, 

because for hir commons she killeth the mouse, 
So rauening curres, as a meany doo keepe, 
makes master want meat, and his dog to kill sheepe. 

1 1 (For Easter) at MartilmaS hang vp a beefe, 

for stalfed and pease fed plaie pickpurse the theefe : 
With that and the like, er an grasse biefe come in, 
thy folke shal looke cheerelie when others looke thin. 

12 Set garlike and beanes, at S. Edmond^ the king, 

the moone in the wane, thereon hangeth a thing : 
Thencrease of a pottle (well prooued of some) 
shal pleasure thy houshold er peskod time come. 

13 When raine is a let to thy dooings abrode, 

set threshers a threshing to laie on good lode: 
Thresh cleane ye must bid them, though lesser they yarn, 
and looking to thriue, haue an eie to thy barne. 



Martilraas 
beefe. 



Set garlike 
and beanes. 



Threshing 



14 Take heede to thy man in his furie and heate, Cattle 

^ ■' ' beaters. 

with ploughstaff and whipstock, for maiming thy neate: 
To thresher for hurting of cow with his flaile, 
or making thy hen to plaie tapple vp taile. 



15 Some pilfering thresher will walke with a staffe, 

will carrie home corne as it is in the chaffe, 
And some in his bottle of leather so great 
will carry home daily both barlie and wheat. 

16 If houseroome will serue thee, lay stouer vp drie, 

and euerie sort by it selfe for to lie. 
Or stack it for litter, if roome be too poore, 
and thatch out the residue noieng thy doore." 

' 20th November. 

- "The rest may lie in the open Yard, for the Cattle to tread into Dung, 
which is the practice now a days, so that our Farmers are not so afraid of 
noying their Doors it seems as formerly, and that not without good reason." 
— T.R. 



Come 
stealers. 



Keepe dry 

thy straw. 



58 



Nouenibers Jiusba7idrie. 



Euerie 
weeke rid 
thy bame 
flower. 



17 Cause weekly thy thresher to make vp his flower, 
though slothfull and pilferer thereat doo lower : 
Take tub for a season, take sack for a shift, 
yet garner for graine is the better for thrift. 



18 All maner of strawe that is scattered in yard, 
good husbandlie husbands haue daily regard, 
In pit full of water the same to bestowe, 

where lieng to rot, thereof profit may growe. 



Digging of 
hedlonds. 



Trenching 
of garden. 



19 Now plough vp thy hedlond,' or delue it with spade, 

where otherwise profit but little is made : 
And cast it vp high, vpon hillocks to stand, 
that winter may rot it, to compas thy land. 

20 If garden requier it, now trench it ye may, 

one trench not a yard from another go lay : 
Which being well filled with muck by and by, 
go couer with mould for a season to ly. 



Clensing 
of priuies. 



2 1 Foule priuies are now to be clensed and fide, 
let night be appointed such baggage to hide : 
Which buried in garden, in trenches alowe, 
shall make very many things better to growe. 



Sootie 
chimneyes. 



2 2 The chimney all sootie would now be made cleene, 
for feare of mischances, too oftentimes scene : 
Old chimney and sootie, if fier once take, 

by burning and breaking, soone mischeefe may make. 



Put horse 
into stable. 



23 When ploughing is ended, and pasture not great, 
then stable thy horses, and tend them with meat : 
Let season be drie when ye take them to house,- 
for danger of nittes, or for feare of a louse. 



' T.R. thinks that here is meant "such Ground in Common Field-land, 
which the whole Shot (or parcel of Land belonging to many Men against 
which it lies) turn upon." 



Decembers abstract. 



59 



24 Lay compas vp handsomly, round on a hill, 

to walke in thy yard at thy pleasure and will, 
More compas it maketh and handsom the plot, 
if horsekeeper daily forgetteth it not. 

25' Make hillocks of molehils, in field thorough out, 
and so to remaine, till the yeere go about. 
Make also the like whereas plots be too hie, 
all winter a rotting for compas to lie. 

Thus endeth Nouembers husbandrie. 



Sauing 
of doong 



22. 

IF Decembers abstract. 



Chap. 

season to hedge, 
get beetle and wedge. 
Cleaue logs now all, 
for kitchen and hall. 



■N 



2 Dull working tooles 
soone courage cooles. 

3 Leaue off tittle tattle, 
and looke to thy cattle. 
Serue yoong poore elues 
alone by themselues. 

4 Warme barth for neate, 
woorth halfe their meate. 
The elder that nurteth 
the yonger soone hurteth. 



5 Howse cow that is old, 
while winter doth hold. 

6 Out once in a day, 

to drinke and to play. 

7 Get trustie to serue, 
least cattle doo sterue. 
And such as in d6ede 
may helpe at a n6ede. 

8 Obserue this law, 

in seruing out straw. 

9 In walking about, 
good forke spie out. 



^ St. 25 is not in 1577. 



6o 



Decembers abstract. 



10 At full and at change, 
spring tides are strange. 
If doubt ye fray, 

driue cattle away. 

1 1 Dank ling forgot 
will quickly rot. 

12 Here learne and trie 
to turne it and drie. 



Some cattle well fare 
with fitches and tare. 
Fitches and tares 
be Norfolke wares. 

20 Tares threshed with skill 
bestowe as y^e will. 

2 1 Hide strawberies, wife, 
to saue their life. 



1 3 Now stocks remooue, 
that Orchards looue. 

i\ Set stock to growe 
too thick nor too lowe. 
Set now, as they com, 
both cherie^ and plom. 

15 Sh^epe, hog, and ill beast, 
bids stock to ill feast.^ 

1 6 At Christmas is good 
to let thy horse blood. 

1 7 Mark here what rable 
of euils in stable. 

1 8 Mixe well (old gaffe) 
horse corne with chaffe. 
Let Jack nor Gill 
fetch corne at will. 

19' Some countries gift 
to make hard shift. 



22 Knot, border, and all, 
now couer ye shall. 

23 Helpe bees, sweet conie, 
with licour and honie. 

24 Get campers a ball, 

to campe therewithall. 

Thus endeth Decembers ab- 
stract, agreeing with Decembers 
husbandrie. 

\ Other short remem- 
brajtces. 

[25] Let Christmas spie 
yard cleane to lie. 
No labour, no sweate, 
go labour for heate. 
F6ede dooues, but kill not, 
if stroy them ye will not. 
Fat hog or (er ye kill it) 
or else ye doo spill it. 



chearrey. 1577. 

St. 15. Wind north, north east 

bids stock to il feast. 1577. 
Sts. 19 and 20 are not in 1573 (M.) ; sts. 19, 20, and 24 are not in 1577. 



Decembers Jiusbandrie. 



6i 



[26] Put oxe in stall, 
er oxe doo fall. 
Who s6etheth hir graines, 
hath profit for paines. 
Rid garden of mallow, 
plant willow and sallow. 



[27] Let bore life render, 
see brawne sod tender, 
For wife, fruit bie, 
for Christmas pie. 



Ill bread and ill drinke, 
makes many ill thinke. 
Both meate and cost 
ill dressed halfe lost. 

[28] Who hath wherewithal], 
may cheere when he shall : 
But charged man, 
must cheere as he can. 

Here ends Decembers 
short remembrances. 



23. 

1 Decembers husbandrie. 



Chap. 



O dirtie December 

For Christmas remember. 



Forgotten month past, 
Doe now at the last. 



I llTHEN frost will not suffer to dike and to hedge, 
* * then get thee a heat with thy beetle and wedge : 
Once Hallomas come, and a fire in the hall, 
such sliuers doo well for to lie by the wall. 



Beetle and 
wedges. 



2 Get grindstone and whetstone, for toole that is dull, 
or often be letted and freat bellie full. 
A wheele barrow also be readie to haue 
at hand of thy seruant, thy compas to saue. 



Grinding 
stone and 
whetston. 



Giue cattle their fodder in plot drie and warme, 
and count them for miring or other like harme. 

Yoong colts with thy wennels together go serue, 
least lurched by others they happen to sterue.^ 



Seruing of 
cattle. 



^ "The old will be apt to hunge or gore the younger." — T. R. 



62 



Decembers Jmsbandric. 



Woodland 
countrie. 



4 The rack is commended for sauing of doong, 
so set as the old cannot mischiefe the yoong : 
In tempest (the wind being northly or east) 
warme barth vnder hedge is a sucker^ to beast. 



Housing 
of cattel . 



Champion. 



5 The housing of cattel while winter doth hold, 
is good for all such as are feeble and old : 
It saueth much compas, and many a sleepe, 

and spareth the pasture for walke of thy sheepe.^ 



Champion. 6 For charges so little much quiet is won, 

if strongly and handsomly al thing be don : 
But vse to vntackle them once in a day, 

to rub and to lick them, to' drink and to play 



Ordering 
of cattel. 



7 Get trustie to tend them, not lubberlie squire, 
that all the day long hath his nose at the fire. 
Nor trust vnto children poore cattel to feede, 
but such as be able to helpe at a neede. 



8 Serue riestraw out first, then wheatstraw and pease, 
then otestraw and barlie, then hay if ye please : 
But serue them with hay while the straw stouer last, 
then loue they no straw, they had rather to fast. 



Forkes and 
yokes. 



9 Yokes, forks, and such other, let bailie spie out, 
and gather the same as he walketh about. 
And after at leasure let this be his hier, 

to beath them and trim them at home by the fier. 



Going of 
cattel in 
marshes. 



10 As well at the full of the moone as the change, 
sea rages in winter be sodainly strange. 
Then looke to thy marshes, if doubt be to fray, 
for feare of {lie forte) haue cattel away. 

' succor. 1620. 

* and trimly refresheth the walk of the sheepe. 1577. 



Decembers Jiusbandrie. 



63 



1 1 Both saltfish and lingfish (if any ye haue) 

through shifting and drieng from rotting go saue 
Least winter with moistnes doo make it relent, 
and put it in hazard before' it be spent. 



Looke to thy 
ling and 
saltfish. 



12 Broome fagot is best to drie haberden on, 
lay boord vpon ladder if fagots be gon. 
For breaking (in turning) haue verie good eie, 
and blame not the wind, so the weather be drie. 



How to vse 
ling and 
haberden. 



13 Good fruit and good plentie doth well in the loft, 
then make thee an orchard and cherish it oft : 
For plant or for stock laie aforehand to cast, 
but set or remooue it er Christmas be past. 



Remoouing 
of trees. 



14 Set one fro other full fortie foote wide, 

to stand as he stood is a part of his pride. 
More faier, more woorthie, of cost to remooue, 
more steadie ye set it, more likely to prooue. 



An orchard 
point. 



15 To teach and vnteach in a schoole is vnmeete, 
to doe and vndoe to the purse is vnsweete. 
Then orchard or hopyard, so trimmed with cost, 
should not through follie be spoiled and lost. 



Orchard 
and hop- 
yard. 



16 Er Christmas be passed let horse be let blood, 
for many a purpose it doth them much good. 
The dale of S. Stephen old fathers did vse : 
if that doe mislike thee some other dale chuse. 



Letting 
horse blood. 



17 Looke wel to thy horses in stable thou must, 

that haie be not foistie, nor chaffe ful of dust : 
Nor stone in their prouender, feather, nor clots, 
nor fed with greene peason, for breeding of bots. 



Breeding of 
the bots. 



' er ere. 1577. 



64 



Decanhcrs liusbaiidrie. 



Hog and 

hennes 

meate. 



1 8 Some horsekeeper lasheth out prouender so, 
some Gillian spendal so often doth go. 
For hogs meat and hens meat, for that and for this, 
that corne loft is empted er chapman hath his. 

19^ Some countries are pinched of medow for hay, 
yet ease it with fitchis as well as they may. 
Which inned and threshed and husbandlie dight, 
keepes laboring cattle in verie good plight. 

20' In threshing out fitchis one point I will shew, 
first thresh out for seede of the fitchis a few : 
Thresh few fro thy plowhorse, thresh cleane for the cow, 
this order in Norfolke good husbands alow. 

■T 2 I If frost doe continue, take this for a lawe, 

strawberies. the strawbcries looke to be couered with strawe. 

Laid ouerly trim vpon crotchis and bows, 
and after vncouered as weather allows. 

^ 22 The gilleflower also, the skilful doe knowe, 

Giiieflowers. doc looke to be couered, in frost and in snowe. 

The knot, and the border, and rosemarie gaie, 
do craue the like succour for dieng awaie. 



% 



preserue 
bees. 



23 Go looke to thy bees, if the hiue be too light, 
set water and honie, with rosemarie dight. 
Which set in a dish ful of sticks in the hiue, 
from danger of famine'' yee saue them aliue. 

24^ In medow or pasture (to growe the more fine) 
let campers be camping* in any of thine : 
Which if ye doe suffer when lowe is the spring, 
you gaine to your selfe a commodious thing. 

Thus endeth Decembers husbandrie. 



1 Sts. 19 and 20 are not in 1577. 

- from famen and daunger. 1577. 

3 St. 24 is not in 1577. 

■* "Football playing, at which they are very dextrous in Norfolk." — T.R. 



A digression to Jiospitalitie. 65 

24. 

I1 A digression to hospitalitie. 

Chap. 22.' 

"T EAUE husbandrie sleeping a while ye must doo, 
■^-^ to learne of housekeeping a lesson or twoo. 
What euer is sent thee by trauell and paine, 

a time there is lent thee to rendrit againe. 
Although ye defend it, vnspent for to bee, 

another shall spend it, no thanke vnto thee. 
How euer we clime, to accomplish the mind, 

we haue but a time thereof profit to find. 



25. 

I1 A description of time, and the yeare. 

Chap. 23. 

1 /^F God to thy dooings a time there is sent, 

^ which endcth with time that in dooing is spent. 
For time is it selfe but a time for a time, 
forgotten ful soone, as the tune of a chime. 

2 In Spring time we reare, we doo sowe, and we plant, spring. 

in Sommer get vittels, least after we want. Sommer. 

In Haruest we carie in corne and the fruit, Haruest. 

in Winter to spend as we neede of ech suit. Winter. 

' Chap. 22 is wanting in 1573 (M). In 1577 it is printed in twice the 
number of lines. 



Childhood. 
Youth. 
Manhood. 
Age. 



66 A description of time mid tJie yeare. 

3 The yeere I compare, as I find for a truth, 

the Spring vnto childhood, the Sommer to youth, 
The Haruest to manhood, the Winter to age : 
all quickly forgot as a play on a stage. 



4 Time past is forgotten, er men be aware, 

time present is thought on with woonderfull care. 
Time comming is feared, and therefore we saue, 
yet oft er it come, we be gone to the graue. 



26. 

11 A description of life and riches. 

Chap. 24. 

I "ITTHO lining but daily discerne it he may, 
* ' how life as a shadow doth vanish away ; 
And nothing to count on so suer to trust 
as suer of death and to turne into dust. 



2 The lands and the riches that here we possesse 
be none of our owne, if a God we professe, 
But lent vs of him, as his talent of gold, 

which being demanded, who can it withhold } 



Atrop, or 
death. 



3 God maketh no writing that iustly doth say 

how long we shall haue it, a yeere or a day ; 
But leaue it we must (how soeuer we leeue) 

when Atrop shall pluck vs from hence by the sleeue. 

4 To death we must stoupe, be we high, be we lowe, 

but how and how sodenly, few be that knowe : 
What carie we then, but a sheete to the graue, 
to couer this carkas, of all that we haue } 



■w 



A description of housekeeping. 6y 

27. 

U A description of housekeeping. 

Chap. 25. 

HAT then of this talent, while here we remaine, 
to studie to yeeld it to God with a gaine ? 



And that shall we doo, if we doo it not hid, 
but vse and bestow it, as Christ doth vs bid. 

2 What good to get riches by breaking of sleepe, 

but (hauing the same) a good house for to keepe 1 
Not onely to bring a good fame to thy doore, 
but also the praier to win of the poore. 

3 Of all other dooings house keeping is cheefe, 

for daily it helpeth the poore with releefe ; 
The neighbour, the stranger, and all that haue neede, 
which causeth thy dooings the better to speede. 

4 Though barken^ to this we should euer among, 

yet cheefly at Christmas, of all the yeare long. 
Good cause of that vse may appeare by the name, 
though niggerly niggards doo kick at the same. 



28. 

^ A description of the feast of the birth 
of Christ, commonly called Christmas.^ 

Chap. 26. 

I /^F Christ Cometh Christmas, the name with the feast, 
^ a time full of ioie to the greatest and least : 
At Christmas was Christ (our Sauiour) borne, 
the world through sinne altogether forlorne. 

' hardnes. 1577. - A description of Christmas, 1577. 



6S A description of CJiristmas. 

2 At Christmas the daies doo^ begin to take length, 

of Christ doth religion cheefly^ take strength. 
As Christmas is onely a figure or trope, 

so onely in Christ is the strength of our hope. 

3 At Christmas we banket, the rich with the poore, 

who then (but the miser) but openeth [h]is doore ? 
At Christmas of Christ many Carols we sing, 
and giue many gifts in the ioy of that King. 

4 At Christmas in Christ we reioice and be glad, 

as onely of whom our comfort is had ; 
At Christmas we ioy altogether with mirth, 
for his sake that ioyed vs all with his birth. 



29. 

1 A description of apt time to spend. 

Chap. 27. 

1 T ET such (so fantasticall) liking not this, 
J-* nor any thing honest that ancient is, 
Giue place to the time that so meete we doo see 

appointed of God as it seemeth to bee. 

2 At Christmas good husbands haue corne on the ground, 

in barne, and in soller, woorth many a pound. 
With plentie of other things,^ cattle and sheepe, 
all sent them (no doubt on) good houses to keepe. 

3 At Christmas the hardnes of Winter doth rage, 

a griper of all things and specially age : 
Then lightly poore people, the yoong with the old, 
be sorest oppressed with hunger and cold. 



' the day doth. 1577. 

- Of Christ our faith doth begin, etc. 1577. 

^ Things plentie in house. 1577. 



A description of apt time to spend. 69 

4 At Christmas by labour is little to get, 

that wanting, the poorest in danger are set. 
What season then better, of all the whole yeere, 
thy needie poore neighbour to comfort and cheere ? 



30. 

H Against f ant asticall scmplenes. 

Chap. 28. 

T this time^ and that time^ some make a great matter, 
som help not but hinder the poore with their clatter. 
Fake custome from feasting, what commeth then last, 
where one hath a dinner, a hundred shall fast. 



■A' 



2 To dog in the manger some liken I could, 

that hay will eate none, nor let other that would ; 
Some scarce in a yeere giue a dinner or twoo, 
nor well can abide any other to doo. 

3 Play thou the good fellow, seeke none to misdeeme, 

disdaine not the honest, though merie they seeme 
For oftentimes scene, no more verie a knaue 
than he that doth counterfait most to be graue. 



31. 

1 Christinas Imsbandlie fare. 

Chap. 29. 

I r^ OOD husband and huswife now cheefly be glad, 
^ things handsom to haue, as they ought to be had ; 
They both doo prouide against Christmas doo come, 
to welcome good neighbour, good cheere to haue some. 

> thing. 1577. 



70 Christmas husbajidlie fare. 

Christmas 2 Good bread and ^ood drinke, a g-ood fier in the hall, 

cuntrie ° ° 

**"■«• brawne, pudding and souse, and good mustard withall. 

3 Beefe, mutton, and porke, shred pies of the best, 

pig, veale, goose and capon, and turkey well drest ; 
Cheese, apples and nuts, ioly Carols to heare, 
as then in the countrie is counted good cheare. 

4 What cost to good husband is any of this ? 

good houshold prouision onely it is. 
Of other the like, I doo leaue out a menie, 
that costeth the husbandman neuer a penie. 



«T 



■w^ 



32. 

11 A Christmas Carollofthe birth of Christ 
vpon the tune of King Salomon. 

Chap. 30. 

AS not Christ our Sauiour 
sent to vs fro God aboue ? 
not for our good behauiour, 
but onely of his mercie and loue. 
If this be true, as true it is, 

truely in deede, 
great thanks to God to yeeld for this, 
then had we neede. 

2 This did our God for very troth, 
to traine to him the soule of man, 
and iustly to performe his oth 
to Sara and to Abram than, 
That through his seed all nations should 

most blessed bee : 
As in due time performe he would, 

as now wee see.^ 

^ all flesh should see. 1577. 



A Christmas Caroll. 71 

3 Which woonderously is brought to pas, 
and in our sight alredie donne, 

by sending as his promise was 

(to comfort vs) his onely sonne, 

Euen Christ (I meane) that virgins child, 

in Bethlem* borne, 
that Lambe of God, that Prophet mild, 

with crowned thorne. 

4 Such was his loue to saue vs all, 
from dangers of the curse of God, 
that we stood in by Adams fall, 
and by our owne deserued rod, 

That through his blood and holie name 

who so beleeues,- 
and flie from sinne and abhors the same, 

free mercie he geeues. 

5 For these glad newes this feast doth bring : 
to God the Sonne and holy Ghost 

let man giue thanks, reioice, and sing, 
from world to world, from cost to cost : 
for all good gifts so many waies 

that God doth send, 
let vs in Christ giue God the praies, 

till life shall end. 

T. Tusser. 

[6] At Christmas be merie and thankfull withall. 

And feast thy poore neighbors, the great with the small. 
Yea, all the yeere long, to the poore let vs giue, 
Gods blessing to folow vs while wee doo line. 

1 Bethelem. 1577. 

- to such as beleues. 1577. 



72 



Januarics abstract. 



33. 



H Januaries abstract. 



Chap. 31, 



I "DID Christmas adew, 
-L' thy stock now renew. 



2 Who killeth a neat, 
hath cheaper his meat. 
Fat home fed souse, 

is good in a house. 

3 Who dainties loue, 

a begger shall proue. 
Who alway selles, 
in hunger dwelles. 

4 Who nothing saue, 
shall nothing haue. 

5 Lay durt vpon heapes, 
some profit it reapes. 
When weather is hard, 
get muck out of yard. 
A fallow bestowe, 
where pease shall growe. 
Good peason and white, 
a fallow will quite. 



Dig garden, stroy mallow, J 
set willow and sallow. 
Greene willow for stake 
in bank will take.^ 

7 Let Doe go to buck, 
with Conie'^ good luck. 
Spare labour nor monie, 
store borough with conic. 
Get warrener bound 
to vermin thy ground. 
Feed Doues, but kill not, 
if loose them ye will not. 
Doue house repaire, 
make Douehole faire. 
For hop ground cold, 
Doue doong woorth gold. 

8 Good gardiner mine, 
make garden fine. 
Set garden pease, 
and beanes if ye please. 
Set Respis and Rose, 
yoong rootes of those. 



6 Go gather quickset, 
the yongest go get. 



9 The timelie buier 
hath cheaper his fier. 



' Green set as a stake 

in banke they wil take. 
^ conney. 1577- 



1577. 



Jaiiuaries abstract. 



73 



10 Some burns without wit, 
some fierles sit. 

1 1 Now season is good 
to lop or fell wood. 
Prune tr^es some allows 
for cattle to brows. 

1 2 Giue sh6epe to their f^es 
the mistle of tr6es. 

13 Let lop be shorne 
that hindreth come. 
Saue edder and stake, 
strong hedge to make. 

14 For sap as ye knowe, 
let one bough growe. 
Next y6ere ye may 
that bough cut away. 

15 A lesson good 

to encrease more wood. 

16^ Saue crotchis of wud, 
saue spars and stud. 
Saue hop for his dole, 
the strong long pole. 

17 How euer ye scotch, 
saue pole and crotch. 

1 8 From Christmas to May, 
weake cattle decay. 



19 With vergis acquaint 
poore bullock so faint ; 
This medcin approoued 
is for to be looued. 

20 Let plaister lie 
three dales to trie : 
too long if ye stay, 
taile rots away. 

2 1 Eawes readie to yeane 
craues ground rid cleane. 
Keepe sh6epe out of briers, 
Keepe beast out of miers.^ 

22 Keepe bushes from bill, 
till hedge ye will : 
Best had for thy turne, 
their rootes go and burne.^ 

23 No bushes of mine, 
if fence be thine. 

24 In stubbed plot, 
fill hole with clot.* 

25 Rid grasse of bones, 
of sticks and stones. 

26 Warme barth giue lams, 
good food to their dams. 
Look daily well to them, 
least doffS vndoo them. 



1 St. 16 and the second couplets in sts. 21 and 22 are not here in 1577. 
'^ Here follows m 1577, Take for thy turne, 
their roots go burne. 



74 



Januaries abstract. 



27 Yoong lamb well sold, 
fat lamb woorth goold. 

28 K^epe twinnes for breed, 
as eawes haue n^ed.^ 

29 One calfe if it please ye, 
now reared shall ease ye. 
Calues likely reare, 

at rising of yeare. 
Calfe large and leane 
is best to weane. 

30 Calfe lickt take away, 
and howse it^ ye may. 
This point I allow 
for seruant and cow. 



36 Lamb, bulchin, and pig, 
geld vnder the big. 

37 Learne wit, sir dolt, 
in gelding of colt. 

38 Geld yoong thy filly, 
else perish will ginny. 
Let gelding alone, 

so large of bone. 
By breathely tits 
few profit hits. 

39 Breede euer the best, 
and doo of the rest. 
Of long and large, 
take huswife a charge. 



31 Calues yonger than other 
learne one of another. 

32 No danger at all 
to geld as they fall. 
Yet Michel cries 
please butchers eies. 

33 Sow ready to fare, 
craues huswiues^ care. 

34 Leaue sow but fiue, 
the better to thriue. 

35 Weane such for store 
as sucks before. 
Weane onely but thr^e 
large breeders to b6e. 



40 Good cow & good ground* 
yields yeerely a pound. 
Good faring sow 

holds profit with cow. 

41 Who k^epes but^ twaine, 
the more may gaine. 

42^ Tith iustly, good garson, 
else driue will the parson. 

43 Thy garden twifallow, 
stroy hemlock and mallow. 

44 Like practise they prooue, 
that hops doe looue. 

45 Now make and wand in 
trim bower to stand in. 



' feede. 1577. - if. 1577. 

* Good milch kow and sound. 1577- 

* both. 1577. 



^ huswifes. 1577- 
^ St. 42 is not in 1577. 



Januaries abstract. 



75 



Leaue wadling about, 
till arbor be out. 

46 Who now sowes otes, 
gets gold and grotes. 
Who sowes in May 
gets little that way. 

47 Go breake vp land, 
get mattock in hand, 
Stub roote so tough, 
for breaking of plough. 

48 What greater crime 
then losse of time ? 

49^ Lay land or- lease 
breake vp if ye please. 
But fallow not yet, 
that hast any wit. 

50^ Where drink ye sowe, 
good tilth bestowe. 

5 I Small profit is found, 
by peeling of ground. 

52 Land past the best 
cast vp to^ rest. 

Thus endeth Januaries ab- 
stract, agreeing with Januaries 
husbandrie. 

^ Other short remem- 
bra7ices. 

53 Get pulling hooke (sirs), 
for broome and firs. 

^ Sts. 49 and 50 are not in 1577. 
^ And set or remoue 
what frulte ye loue. 1577. 



Pluck broome, broome still, 
cut broome, broome kill. 

54 Broome pluckt by and by, 
breake vp for rie. 
Friend ringle thy hog, 

or looke for a dog. 

55 In casting prouide, 
for seede lay aside. 
Get doong, friend mine, 
for stock and vine. 

56 If earth be not soft, 
go dig it aloft. 

For quamier get bootes, 
stub alders and rootes. 

57 Hop poles waxe scant, 
for poles mo plant. 

Set chestnut and walnut, 
set filbeard and smalnut. 

58 Peach, plumtr^e, & cherie, 
yoong bay and his berie. 
Or set their stone, 

vnset leaue out none. 

59 Sowe kirnels to beare, 
of apple and peare. 

All trees that beare goom 
set now as they coom. 

60 Now set or remooue 
such stocks as ye looue.* 

Here ends Januaries short 
remembrances. 



2 for. M. 



the. 1577. 



7^ 



Jamiaries abstract. 



34. 



Of trees or fruit es to be set or remooued. 



1 Apple tr^es of all sorts. 

2 Apricocks. 

3 Barberies. 

4 Boollesse, black & white. 

5 Cheries, red and black. 

6 Chestnuts. 

7 Cornet plums. 

8 Damsens/ white & black. 

9 Filbeards, red and white. 

10 Goose beries. 

1 1 Grapes, white and red. 

12 Greene or grasse plums. 

13 Hurtillberies. 

14 Medlars or marles. 

15 Mulberie. 

1 6 Peaches, white and red. 



17 Peares of all sorts. 

1 8 Perareplums,^ black & yelow. 

19 Quince trees. 

20 Respis. 

21 Reisons. 

22 Small nuts. 

23 Strawberies, red and white. 

24 Seruice trees. 

25 Walnuts. 

26 Wardens, white and red. 

27 Wheat plums. 

[28] Now set ye may 
the box and bay, 
Haithorne and prim, 
for clothes trim. 



36. 



1 Januaries husbandrie. 



Husbandly 
lessons. 



Chap. 32. 



A kindly good Janiueere, 
Freeseth pot by the feere. 



Forgotten month past, 
Doe now at the last. 



I TTTHEN Christmas is ended, bid feasting adue, 
' * goe play the good husband, thy stock to renue. 
Be mindfull of rearing, in hope of a gaine, 

dame profit shall giue thee reward for thy paine. 



^ Damisens. 1577. 



sic also in 1577. 



Jajiiiarics husbandrie. jj 

2 Who both by his calfe and his lamb will be knowne, 

may well kill a neate and a sheepe of his owne. 
And he that can reare vp a pig in his house, 
hath cheaper his bacon and sweeter his souse. 

3 Who eateth his veale, pig and lamb being froth, 

shall twise in a weeke go to bed without broth.' 
Vnskilfull that passe not, but sell away sell, 
shall neuer haue plentie where euer they dwell. 

4 Be greedie in spending, and careles to saue, 

and shortly be needie and readie to craue. 
Be wilfull to kill and vnskilfull to store, 
and looke for no foison,^ I tell thee before. 

5 Lay dirt vpon heapes, faire yard to be seene, 

if frost will abide it, to feeld with it cleene. 
In winter a fallow some loue to bestowe, 

where pease for the pot ^ they intend for to sowe. 

6 In making or mending as needeth thy ditch. Quickset 

now. 

get set to quick set it, learne cunningly whitch.* 
In hedging (where clay is) get stake as ye knowe, 
of popler and willow, for fewell to growe. 

7 Leaue killing of conie,* let Doe go to buck, 

and vermine thy burrow, for feare of ill luck. 
Feed Doue (no more killing), old Doue house repaire, Keepe 

^ ^' f ^ cleanethy 

saue doue dong for hopyard, when house ye make faire. douehous. 



^ " Broath is still us'd in some Farm Houses for Supper Meat, and Roast 
Meat look'd upon as very ill Husbandry." — T.R. 

* looke not for foyzen. 1577- '''' Foyzon is Winter Food." — T.R. 

■' Pease boyling or not boyling is one of the Farmers occult Qualities ; 
but fresh, and next to it, well dunged Grounds are observed to produce the 
best Boylers, perhaps because they retain most moisture." — T.R. 

* "By Experience Garden Quicksets are found to be the best, 

because they are all of an age." — T.R. 

^ "The common time of ending their Slaught (or Slaughter as the 
Warreners term it) is Candkmas." — T.R. 



7S 



Jamiaries Jinsbandrie. 



Runciual 
peason. 



Timelie 
prouision 
for fewell. 



Ill hus- 
bandrie. 



Pruning 
of trees. 



Mistle and 
luie. 



8 Dig garden, stroy mallow, now may ye at ease, 

and set (as a daintie) thy runciuall pease.^ 
Go cut and set roses, choose aptly thy plot, 
the rootes of the yoongest are best to be got. 

9 In time go and bargaine, least woorser doo fall, 

for fewell, for making, for carriage and all. 
To buie at the stub is the best for the buier, 
more timelie prouision, the cheaper is fier. 

10 Some burneth a lode at a time in his hall, 

some neuer leaue burning til burnt they haue all. 
Some making of hauock, without any wit, 
make many poore soules without fire to sit. 

1 1 If frost doo continue, this lesson doth well, 

for comfort of cattel the fewell to fell : 
From euerie tree the superfluous bows 

now prune for thy neat therevpon to go brows.* 

I 2 In pruning and trimming all maner of trees, 
reserue to ech cattel their properly fees. 
If snowe doo continue, sheepe hardly that fare 
craue Mistle and luie for them for to spare. 



Lopping of J 3 Now lop for thy fewell old pollenger growen, 

pollengers. 

that hinder the corne or the grasse to be mowen. 
In lopping and felling, saue edder and stake, 
thine hedges as needeth to mend or to make. 

14 In lopping,^ old Jocham, for feare of mishap, 
one bough stay vnlopped, to cherish the sap : 
The second yeere after then boldly ye may, 
for driping his fellowcs, that bough cut away. 

' "The most forward Pea is the Rogue, they are pick'd from the Hasting 
and Hot.spur." — T. R. 

2 " Since the use of Tumeps Cattel need not be hard put to it in snowy 
weather as formerly." — T. R. 

3 " This is more proper in Underwood than Pollards, at least more in use 
at present ; few Pollards perish for want of it, but Runt-wood will." — T.R. 



Jamiaries Jmsbandrie. 



79 



15 Lop popler and sallow, elme, maple, and prie, 
well saued from cattle, till Sommer to lie. 
So far as in lopping, their tops ye doo fling, 
so far without planting yoong copie will spring. 



The pro- 
pertie of 
soft wood. 



16^ Such fewell as standing a late ye haue bought, 
now fell it, and make it, and doo as ye ought. 
Giue charge to the hewers (that many things mars), 
to hew out for crotches, for poles, and for spars. 



1 7 If hopyard or orchard ye mind for to haue, 

for hoppoles and crotches in lopping go saue. 
Which husbandlie spared may serue at a push, 
and stop by so hauing two gaps with a bush. 



Hoppoles 

and 

crotches. 



18 From Christmas, till May be well entered in, 

some cattle waxe faint, and looke poorely and thin. 
And cheefly when prime grasse* at first doth appeere, 
then most is the danger of all the whole yeere. 



19 Take vergis and heate it, a pint for a cow, 

bay salt a hand full,^ to rub tong ye wot how. 
That done, with the salt, let hir drinke off the rest : 
this manie times raiseth the feeble vp best. 



A medicen 
for faint 
cattell. 



20 Poore bullock with browsing and naughtily fed, 
scarce feedeth, hir teeth be so loose in hir hed 
Then slise ye the taile where ye feele it so soft, 
with soote and with warlike bound to it aloft.* 



To fasten 
loose teeth 
in a bullock. 



1 St. 16 is not in 1577. 

- "Prime Grass appears commonly in woody moist Grounds, on Hedge 
Banks, and is so called from its earliness ; when Cattle have tasted this they 
begin to loath their di-y food. It is often sprung before Candlemas i'^ — T.R. 

^ full a hand. 1577. 

* "This remedy still is in Practice. . . . The first indication of corrupt 
blood is from the staring Hairs on the Tail near the Rump. Some in- 
stead of Soot and Garlick put a Dock Root, or the Root of a Bears Foot, 
which they call a Gargat Root, others flay the Dewlaps to the very 
Shoulders." — T. R. 



8o 



Jainiarics liushandrie. 



Ewes vpon 2 1 Bv brcmbles and bushes, in pasture too full, 

eaning. ■" 

poore sheepe be in danger and loseth their wull. 
Now therefore thine ewe, vpon lamming so neere, 
desireth in pasture that all may be cleere. 

22 Leaue grubbing or pulling of bushes (my sonne) 
till timely thy fences require to be donne. 
Then take of the best, for to furnish thy turne, 
and home with the rest, for the fier to burne. 



Stubbing 
of greenes. 



23 In euerie greene,^ if the fence be not thine, 

now stub vp the bushes, the grasse to be fine. 
Least neighbour doo dailie so hack^ them beliue, 
that neither thy bushes nor pasture can thriue. 



24 In ridding* of pasture with turfes that lie by,' 

fill euerie hole vp, as close as a dy. 
The labour is little, the profit is gay, 
what euer the loitering labourers say, 

25 The sticks and the stones go and gather vp cleene, 

for hurting of sieth or for harming of greene.® 

For feare of Hew prowler, get home with the rest, 

when frost is at hardest, then carriage is best. 



Yoong 
lambes. 



26 Yoong broome or good pasture thy ewes doo require, 
warme barth and in safetie their lambes doo desire. 
Looke often well to them, for foxes and dogs, 
for pits and for brembles, for vermin and hogs. 



1 " Large Ant-Hills is much the best shelter for Ewes and Lambs." 
— T.R. 

- "This is understood of Hedge Greens .... a space next the Hedge 
of a Rod or more in breadth." — T.R. 

3 make. 1577. 

* " When you rid it of Bushes or Ant Hills." — T.R. 

^ with turnes so bye. 1577. 

^ "Hedge Greens." — T.R. 



Jamiarics Jmsbandrie. 

7 More daintie^ the lambe, the more woorth to be sold, 
the sooner the better for eaw that is old. 
But if ye doo minde to haue milke of the dame, 
till Male doo not seuer the lambe fro the same. 



28 Ewes yeerly by twinning rich maisters doo make, 

the lamb of such twinners for breeders go take. 
For twinlings be twiggers, encrease for to bring, 
though som for their twigging Peccante?n may sing. 

29 Calues likely that come between Christmas and Lent, 

take huswife to reare, or else after repent : 
Of such as doo fall betweene change and the prime,- 
no rearing, but sell or go kill them in time. 

30 Howse calfe, and go sockle it twise in a day, 

and after a while, set it water and hay. 
Stake ragged to rub on, no such as will bend, 
then weane it well tended, at fiftie dales end.* 

31 The senior weaned his yoonger shall teach, 

how both to drinke water and hay for to reach.* 
More stroken and made of when ought it doo aile, 
more gentle ye make it, for yoke or the paile. 

32 Geld bulcalfe and ramlamb, as soone as they fall, 

for therein is lightly no danger at all. 
Some spareth the ton for to pleasure the eie, 

to haue him shew greater when butcher shall bie. 



Rearing of 
lambs. 



Rearing of 
calues. 



Howsing of 
cattel. 



Of gelding. 



33 Sowes readie to farrow this time of the yeere 
are for to be made of and counted full deere. 
For now is the losse of a fare of the sow 

more great then the losse of two calues of thy cow. 

' " Likely, or thriving, such as will soon require more Milk than his old 
Dam can afford him." — T.R. 
'■* " The first three days after the new moon or change." — T.R. 
' "At present we rarely wean under twelve weeks." — T.R. 1710. 
* " The hay is given them stuck in cleft sticks." — T.R. 

6 



Januaries Jiusbandrie. 



Rearing of 
pigs. 



34 Of one sow togither reare few aboue fiue, 

and those of the fairest and likest to thriue. 
Ungelt of the best keepe a couple for store, 
one bore pig and sow pig, that sucketh before. 



A way to 
haue large 
breed of 
hogs. 



35 Who hath a desire to haue store verie large, 

at Whitsontide let him giue huswife a charge. 
To reare of a sow at once onely but three, 
and one of them also a bore let it bee. 



Gelding 
time. 



36 Geld vnder the dam, within fortnight at least, 

and saue both thy monie and life of the beast. 
Geld later with gelders as many one do, 
and looke of a doozen to geld away two. 



Gelding of 37 Thy colts for thy saddle geld yoong to be light, 

horse coltes. 

for cart doo not so, if thou iudgest aright. 

Nor geld not but when they be lustie and fat : 

for there is a point, to be learned in that. 



Gelding of 

fillies. 



38 Geld fillies (but tits) er an nine dales of age, 

they die else of gelding (or gelders doo rage). 
Yoong fils so likelie of bulke and of bone : 
keepe such to be breeders, let gelding alone. 



Reare the 

fairest of 
al things. 



39 For gaining a trifle, sell neuer thy store, 

what ioy to acquaintance, what pleasureth more .-' 
The larger of bodie, the better for breede : 

more forward of growing, the better they speede. 



II 



Of cow 
and sow. 



40 Good milchcow, well fed, that is faire and sound, 
is yeerely for profit as good as a pound : 
And yet by the yeere, I haue prooued er* now, 
as good to the purse is a sow as a cow. 



1577- 



Januaries liusbandrie. 

41 Keepe one and keepe both, with as little a cost, 
then all shall be saued and nothing be lost. 
Both hauing togither what profit is caught, 

good huswifes (I warrant ye) need not be taught. 

42^ For lamb, pig and calfe, and for other the like, 
tithe so as thy cattle the Lord doo not strike. 
Or if yee deale guilefully, parson will dreue, 
and so to your selfe a worse turne ye may geue. 

43 Thy garden plot latelie well trenched and muckt, 

would now be twifallowd, the mallowes out pluckt,' 
Well clensed and purged of roote and of stone, 
that fait therein afterward found may be none. 

44 Remember thy hopyard, if season be drie, 

now dig it and weed it, and so let it lie. 
More fennie the laier the better his lust, 

more apt to beare hops when it crumbles like dust. 

45 To arbor begun, and quick setted^ about, 

no poling nor wadling^ till set be far out. 
For rotten and aged may stand for a shew, 

but hold to their tackling there doe but a few.^ 

46 In Janiuere® husband that poucheth the grotes 

Avill break vp his laie, or be sowing of otes, 
Otes sowen in Janiuere, laie^ by the wheat, 
in May by the hay for the cattle to eat.^ 



^Z 



Weeding of 
hopyard. 



Trimming 
up arbors. 



Sowing of 
otes. Late 
sowing not 
good. 



1 St. 42 is not in 1577. 

- " In trenching, bury no Mallow, Nettle-dock, or Briony Roots." — T.R. 
•* ' ' Quick setted Arbors are now out of use, as agreeing very ill with the 
Ladies Muslins." — T.R. 1710. 

* " Wattles are wood slit." — T.R. 
^ they cannot but feaw. 1577. 

* January. 1577. 

' "lay them by thy wheate " in loO Good Points, 

*' "Such early sown Oats it is likely may be clearer of weeds ; and if 
I buy my Hay in May, that is, before my Chapman knows what Quantity 
he shall have, he is rul'd by his Necessity for some ready money in Hand." 
—T.R. 



countrie. 



84 yannarics Jiusbandrie. 

47 Let seniant be readie, with mattock in hand, 
to stub out the bushes that noieth the land : 
And cumbersome rootes, so annoieng the plough, 
turne vpward their arses with sorrow inough. 

Breaking up . g ^y^o brealccth vp timelie his fallow or lay, 

lay in som ~ '^ ■' ' 

sets forward his husbandrie many a way. 

This trimlie well ended doth forwardly bring,^ 

not onelie thy tillage, but all other thing. 

49" Though lay land ye breke vp when Christmas is gon, 
for sowing of barlie^ or otes therevpon, 
Yet hast[e] not to fallow til March be begun, 
least afterward wishing it had ben vndun. 

50" Such land as ye breake vp for barlie to sowe, 

two earthes at the least er ye sowe it bestowe.* 
If land be thereafter, set oting apart, 

and follow this lesson, to comfort thine hart. 

5 1 Some breaking vp laie soweth otcs to begin, ^ 
to suck out the moisture so sower therein. 

Yet otes with hir sucking a peeler is found, 

both ill to the maister and worse to som ground. 

52 Land arable driuen or worne to the proofe, 
and^ craueth some rest for thy profits behoofe. 

With otes ye may sowe it, the sooner to grasse, 
more soone to be pasture to bring it to passe. 

Thus endeth Januaries husbandrie. 



1 This tilth is a tilture, well forward doth bring. 1577. 

^ Sts. 49 and 50 are not in 1577. 

^ "Barley is now very rarely, if at all, sown on lay land. The fallow 
he speaks of I take to be the second ploughing for Barley." — T.R. 1710. 
Gervase Markham, in his English Husbandman, directs a digging in May, 
another, with manuring, in October, and "the last time of your digging 
and setting shall be at the beginning of April." 

* " Barley-Ground ought to be as fine as an Ash-heap."- — T.R. 

5 " Where the Ground is over rich, it fines and sweetens it." — T.R. 

^ " It " in Tnsser Redivivus. "and." 1577. 



I 



Febraarics abstract. 



36. 

IF Februaries abstract. 



Chap. 33. 



L 



AY compas ynow, 
er euer ye plow. 



2 Place doongheapesalowe, 
more barlie to growe. 

3 Eat etch er ye plow, 
with hog, sheepe and cow. 
Sowe lintels ye may, 

and peason gray. 
Keepe white vnsowne, 
till more be knowne. 

4 Sow pease (good trull) 
the Moone past full. 
Fine swedes then sowe, 
whilst Moone doth growe. 

5 Boy, follow the plough, 
and harrow inough. 

So harrow ye shall, 
till couerd be all. 

6 Sowe pease not too thin, 
er plough ye set in. 

7 Late sowen sore noieth, 
late ripe, hog stroieth. 



8 Some prouender saue, 
for plowhorse to haue. 
To oxen that drawe, 
giue hay and not strawe. 
To st^eres ye may 
mixe strawe with hay. 

9 Much carting, ill tillage, 
makes som to flie village. 

10 Use cattle aright, 

to keepe them in plight. 

1 1 Good quickset bie, 
old gatherd will die. 

1 2^ Stick bows a rowe, 
where runciuals growe. 

1 3 Sowe kirnels and hawe, 
where ridge ye did drawe. 

14 Sowe mustard s6ed, 
and helpe to kill w6ed. 
Where sets doc growe, 
s6e nothing ye sowe. 



*»* Februaries Abstract and Februaries Husbandry in the edition of 
1577 differ much from that of 1580. 

^ Stanza 12 is 4, and st. 22 is i in 1577. 



86 



Februaries abstract. 



15 Cut vines and osier, 
plash hedge of enclosier. 
Feed highly thy swan, 
to loue hir good man. 
Nest high I aduise, 
least floud doe arise. 

16 Land meadow spare, 
there doong is good ware. 

17 Go strike off the nowles 
of deluing mowles. 
Such hillocks in vaine 
lay leauelled plaine. 

1 8 To wet the land, 

let mowle hill stand. 



^ Other short remem- 
brances. 

[23] Trench medow and redge, 
dike, quickset, and hedge. 
To plots not full, 
ad bremble and hull. 

[24] Let wheat and the rie 
for thresher still lie. 
Such strawe some saue, 
for thacker to haue. 

[25] Poore cunnie, so bagged, 
is soone ouer lagged. 
Plash burrow, set clapper, 
for dog is a snapper. 



1 9 Poore cattle craue 
some shift to haue. 

20 Cow little giueth 
that hardly liueth. 

2 1 Rid barlie al now, 
cleane out of thy mow. 
Choice seed out drawe, 
saue cattle the strawe. 

22 To coast man ride 
Lent stuflfe to prouide. 

Thus endeth Februaries ab- 
stract, agreeing with Februaries 
husband rie. 



[26] Good flight who loues, 
must f^ed their doues. 
Bid hauking adew, 
cast hauke into mew. 

[27] Keepesh^epeoutofbriers, 
keepe beast out of miers. 
Kdepe lambes from fo.x, 
else shepherd go box. 

[28] Good neighbour mine, 
now yoke thy swine. 
Now euerie day, 
set hops ye may. 

[29] Now set for thy pot, 
best herbes to be got. 



Febrtiaries abstract. 8y 

For flowers go set, [31] Watch ponds, go looke 

all sorts ye can get. to w6eles and hooke. 

Knaues seld repent 
to steale in Lent. 
[30] As winter doth prooue, 

so may ye remooue. [32] Alls fish they get 

Now all things reare, that commeth to net. 

for all the yeare. Who muck regards 

makes hillocks in yards. 

Here ends Februaries short remembrances. 



37. 

H Februaries husbandrie. 

Chap. 34. 

Feb, fill the dike Forgotten month past. 

With what thou dost like.^ Doe now at the last. 

1 TTTHO laieth on doong er he laieth on plow, 

' * such husbandrie vseth as thrift doth alow. 
One month er ye spred it, so still let it stand, 
er euer to plow it, ye take it in hand. 

2 Place doong heape a low by the furrough along, 

where water all winter time did it such wrong. 
So make ye the land to be lustie and fat, 

and corne thereon sowen to be better for that. 

3 Go plow in the stubble, for now is the season, 

for sowing of fitchis, of beanes, and of peason. 
Sowe runciuals timelie, and all that be gray, 
but sowe not the white till S. Gregories day.^ 

1 with what ye like. 1577. '^ 1 2th of March. 



88 Fcbruaries luisbandrie. 

4 Sowe peason and beanes in the wane of the Moonc,^ 

who soweth them sooner, he soweth too soone. 
That they with the planet may rest and arise, 
and flourish with bearing most plcntifull wise. 

5 Friend, harrow in time, by some maner of meanes, 

not onely thy peason, but also thy beanes. 
Unharrowed die, being buried in clay, 

where harrowed florish, as flowers in May. 

6 Both peason and beanes sowe afore ye doo plow,- 

the sooner ye harrow, the better for yow.^ 
White peason so good for the purse and the pot : 
let them be well vsed else well doo ye not. 

7 Haue eie vnto haruest what euer ye sowe, 

for feare of mischances, by riping too slowe. 
Least come be destroied, contrarie to right, 
by hogs or by cattel, by day or by night.* 

8 Good prouender labouring horses would haue, 

good haie and good plentie, plow oxen doo craue. 
To hale out the muck and to plow vp thy ground : 
or else it may hinder thee many a pound. 

9 Who slacketh his tillage, a carter to bee, 

for grote got abrode, at home lose shall three. 
And so by his dooing he brings out of hart 
both land for the corne and horse for the cart. 

' " Pease and Beans sown during the Increase do ran more to Hawm or 
Straw, and during the Declension more to Cod, according to the common 
consent of country men. And I must own I have experienced it ; but I 
will not aver it so as that it is not lyable to exceptions." — T.R. 

2 "This is called sowing under furrow, just before the second ploughing, 
which if neatly done lays them in rows." — T.R. 

3 " Because if they lye until they are swell'd the horse-footing is apt to 
endanger them." — T.R. 

* "This regards Field Land ; for in our Author's time Enclosures were 
not so frequent as now." — T.R. 1 710. 



Februaries husbandrie. 89 

I o Who abuseth his cattle and sterues them for meat, 

by carting or plowing, his gaine is not great. 
Where he that with labour can vse them aright, 
hath gaine to his comfort, and cattle in plight. 

I I Buie quickset at market, new gatherd and small, 

buie bushes or willow, to fence it withall. 
Set willowes to growe, in the steede of a stake, 
for cattel in sommer, a shadow to make. 

12 Stick plentie of bows among runciuall pease^ ^ 

to climber thereon, and to branch at their ease. Reason/'' 

So dooing, more tender and greater they wex, 
if peacock^ and turkey leaue iobbing their bex. 

13 Now sowe and go harrow (where redge ye did draw^) 

the seed of the bremble, with kernell and haw. 
Which couered ouerlie, soone to shut out, 
ffoe see it be ditched and fenced about. 



Sowe mus- 
tard seede. 



14 Where banks be amended and newly vp cast, 

sow mustard seed,"* after a shower be past. 
Where plots full of nettles be noisome to eie, 
sowe therevpon hempseed, and nettle will die. 

15 The vines" and the osiers cut and go set, ^nL"'^^^' 

if grape be vnpleasant, a better go get. 
Feed swan, and go make hir vp strongly a nest, 
for feare of a floud, good and high is the best. 



^ "Runcival pease find now very little Entertainment in Gentlemen's 

Gardens In their room are got the Egg pea, the Sugar pea, Dutch 

admirals, etc."- — T.R., 1710. 

- "A Peacock, altho' a lovely Fowl to look on, .... is a very ill- 
natured Bird." — T. R. 

•^ "A way of quicksetting or fencing Enclosures out of the common 
Field they had in the days of our Author." — T.R. 

* "This is most in practice in Marshy Countreys." — T.R. 

'" " Those that thrive best with us are the small black Grape, the white 
Muscadine, and the Parsley grape." — T.R. 



90 



Fehruaries husbandrie. 



Catching 
of mowls. 



Looke well 
to th}- fence 



1 6 Land meadow that yeerly is spared for hay, 

now fence it and spare it, and doong it ye may. 
Get mowle catcher cunninglie mowle for to kill, 
and harrow and cast abrodc euerie hill. 

17 Where meadow or pasture to mowe ye doo laie, 

let mowle be dispatched some maner of waie. 
Then cast abrode mowlhill, as flat as ye can, 
for many commodities following than. 

1 8 If pasture by nature is giuen to be wet, 

then bare with the mowlhill, though thick it be set. 
That lambe may sit on it, and so to sit drie, 
or else to lie by it, the warmer to lie. 

1 9 Friend, alway let this be a part of thy care, 

for shift of good pasture, lay pasture to spare. 
So haue you good feeding, in bushets and lease, 
and quickly safe finding of cattel at ease. 

20 Where cattel may run about, rouing at wil, 

from pasture to pasture, poor bellie to fil, 
There pasture and cattel both hungrie and bare, 
for want of good husbandrie worser doo fare. 

21 Now thresh out thy barlie, for malt or for seed, 

for bread corne (if need be) to serue as shall need. 
If worke for the thresher 3^e mind for to haue, 
of wheat and of mestlen vnthreshed go saue. 

22 Now timelie for Lent stuffe' thy monie disburse, 

the longer ye tarie for profit the wurse. 
If one penie vantage be therein to saue, 
of coast man or fleming be sure to haue. 

Thus endeth Februaries husbandrie. 

^ "This Article is very much unregarded by Farmers at present, for 
fear, I suppose, of falling into Popery and Superstition ; but lay that quite 
aside, and let us consult our Interest, Health, and Gratitude." — T.R. 
The writer of Tiisser Redivivus here enlarges on the advantages, personal 
and national, of fish diet. Under Marches Husbandry, stanza 3, he 
mentions " Salt Fish, Furmity, Gruel, Wigs, Milk, Parsnips, Hasty- 
pudding, Pancakes, and twice a week Eggs," as the Farmer's Lenten Diet. 



Marches abstract. 



91 



38. 

^ Marches abstract. 

Chap. 35. 

WHITE peason sowe, 7 Leaue space and roome, 
scare hungry crow. to hillock to coome. 



2 Spare meadow for hay, 
spare marshes at May. 

3^ K^epe sheepe from dog, 
k^epe lambes from hog. 
If foxes mowse'^ them, 
then watch or howse them. 

4 March drie or wet, 
hop ground go set. 
Yoong rootes well drest 
prooue euer * best. 
Grant hop great hill 

to growe at will. 
From hop long gut 
away go cut. 

5 Here learne the way 
hop rootes to lay. 

6 Rootes best to prooue, 
thus set I looue. 



8 Of hedge and willow 
hop makes his^ pillow. 
Good bearing hop 
climes vp to the top. 
K(^epe hop from sunne, 
and hop is vndunne. 

9 Hop tooles procure 
that may endure. 

Iron crowe like a stake, 
deepe hole to make. 
A scraper to pare 
the earth about bare. 
A hone to raise roote, 
like sole of a boote. 
Sharpe knife to cut 
superfluous gut. 

10 Who grafifing looues, 
now graffing prooues. 
Of euerie suite, 
graffe daintie fruite. 
GrafFe good fruite all, 
or arraffe not at all. 



St. 3, first couplet. What champion useth 

woodland refuseth. 1577- 
mouth them. 1573 (M.); mowse. 1577. 
the. 1573, 1577. 



« her. 1577. 



92 



Marches abstract. 



1 1 Graffe soone may be lost, 
both graffing and cost. 
Learne here' take h6ed 
what counsell doth b(Jed.^ 

12 Sowe barlie that can, 
too soone ye shall ban. 
Let horse k6epe his owne, 
till barlie be sowne. 
Sowe euen thy land, 
with plentifull hand. 
Sowe ouer and vnder, 

in claie is no woonder. 

I f By sowing in wet, 
is little to get. 

14 Straight folow the plough, 
and harrow inough. 
With sling go throwe,* 

to scare away crowe. 

15 Rowle after a deaw, 
when barlie doth sheaw. 
More handsom to make it, 
to mowe and to rake it. 

1 6 Learne here ye may 
best harrowing way. 

1 7^ Now rowle thy wheat, 
where clods be too great. 

18 Make readie a plot, 
for s6eds for the pot. 



19 Best searching minds 
the best waic finds. 

20 For garden best 

is south southwest. 

21 Good tilth brings s6edes, 
euill tilture, w6edes. 

22 For sommer sowe now, 
for winter see how. 

23 Learne time to knowe, 
to set or sowe.® 

24 Yoong plants soone die, 
that growes too drie. 

25 In countrie doth rest, 
what season is best. 

26^ Good peason and l^ekes 
makes pottage for creekes. 

27^ Hauespoonemeat inough, 
for cart and the plough. 
Good poore mans fare, 
is poore mans care. 
And not to boast, 
of sod and roast. 

28 Cause rooke and rauen 
to seeke a new hauen. 

Thus endeth Marches abstract, 
agreeing with Marches hus- 



bandrie. 



^ to. 1577. 2 bid, 1577; beed, 1585; 

^ St. 13 is not in 1577. ^ sling or bowe. 1577. 

* Stanzas 17, 26, and first couplet of 27 are not in 1577. 

^ l-ines transposed in 1577. 



breed, 1614. 



Marches abstract. 



93 



\ Other short remem- 
branccs. 
[29] Geld lambes now all, 
straight as they fall. 
Looke twise a day, 
least lambes decay. 

[30] Where horse did harrow, 
put stones in barrow, 
And^ laie them by, 
in heapes on hy. 

[31] Let oxe once fat 
lose nothing of that. 
Now hunt with dog, 
vnyoked hog. 

[32] With Doues good luck, 
reare^ goose and duck. 
To spare aright 
spare March his flight. 

L33jThe following additional 
couplets are in 1577- 
Saue chikins poore buttocks 
from pye, crowe, & puttocks. 

Some loue now best 
yong rabbets nest. 

Now knaues will steale 
pig, lamb, and veale. 

Here learne to knowe 
what seedes to sowe. 

And such to plant 
whose seedes do want. 

1 or. 1577. 



39. 

Seedes and herbes for the 
Kitchen. 

1 Auens. 

2 Betanie. 

3 Bleets or b6ets, white 

or yellow. 

4 Bloodwoort [Blood- 

woorth, 1577]. 

5 Buglas. 

6 Burnet. 

7 Burrage. 

8 Cabage remoue in June. 

9 Clarie. 

10 Coleworts. 

1 1 Cresses. 

12 Endiue. 

1 3 Fenell. 

14 French Malows. 

15 French Saffron set in 

August. 

16 Langdebiefe. 

17 L6ekes remoue in June. 

18 Lettis remoue in May. 

19 Longwort. 

20 Liuerwort. 

21 Marigolds often cut. 

22 Mercuric. 

23 Mints at all times. 

24 Nep. 

25 Onions [Oyneons, 1577] 

from December to 
March. 

26 Orach or arach, redde 

and white. 

27 Patience. 

"^ hen. 1577. 



94 



Marches abstract. 



28 Perceley. 

29 Peneriall. 

30 Primerose. 

3 1 Poret. 

32 Rosemary in the spring 

time [to growe south 
or west].^ 

33 Sage red and white. 

34 [English]'' Saffron set in 

August. 

35 Summer sauerie. 

36 Sorell. 

37 Spinage. 

38 Suckerie. 

39 Siethes. 

40 Tanzie. 

41 Time. 

42 Violets of all sorts. 

43 Winter sauerie, 

40. 

Herbes and rootes for sallets 
and sauce. 



7 Mustard s^ede, sowe in 

the spring and at 
Mihelmas. 

8 j\Iusk million, in April and 

May. 

9 Mints. 

10 Purslane. 

1 1 Radish, and after remoue 

them. 

12 Rampions. 

13 Rokat, in April. 

14 Sage. 

15 Sorell. 

16 Spinage, for the sommer. 

17 Sea holie. 

18 Sperage, let growe two 

yeares, and then re- 
moue. 

19 Skirrets, set these plants 

in March. 

20 Suckerie. 

21 Tarragon, set in slippes in 

March. 3 

22 Violets [of all coulors].* 



1 Alexanders, at all times. 

2 Artichoks. 

3 Blessed thistle, or 

Carduus henedictus. 

4 Cucumbers in April and 

May. 

5 Cresies, sowe with Lettice 

in the spring. 

6 Endiue. 



> Omitted in 1577. 

^ Tarragon, April, 1577. 



These buie with the panic, 
Or looke not for anie. 

1 Capers. 

2 Lemmans. 

3 Oliues. 

4 Orengis. 

5 Rise. 

6 Sampire. 

2 Omitted in 1577. 
* Omitted in 1577. 



Marches abstract. 



95 



41. 

Herbes and rootes to boile or 
to butter. 

1 Beanes, set in winter. 

2 Cabbegis, sowe in March, 

and after remooue. 

3 Garrets. 

4 Citrons, sowe in May. 

5 Goordes in May. 

6 Nauewes sowe in June. 

7 Pompions in May. 

8 Perseneps in winter. 

9 Runciuall pease set in 

winter. 

10 Rapes sowe in June. 

1 1 Turneps in March & April. 

43. 

Strowing herbes of all sortes. 

1 Bassel, fine and busht, 

sowe in May. 

2 Baulme, set in March. 

3 Camamel. 

4 Costmarie. 

5 Cousleps and paggles. 

6 Daisies of all sorts. 

7 Sweete fennell. 

8 Garmander. 

9 Isop, set in Februarie. 

10 Lauender. 

1 1 Lauender spike. 

^ Omitted in 1577. 



12 Lauender cotten. 

1 3 Maierom knotted, sowe or 

set at the spring. 

14 Mawdelin. 

15 Penal riall. 

16 Roses of all sorts, in 

Januarie and September. 

17 Red mints. 

18 Sage. 

19 Tanzie. 

20 Violets. 

21 Winter sauerie. 

43. 

Herbes, branches, and flowers, 

for windowes and 

pots. 

1 Bales, sowe or set in plants 

in Januarie. 

2 Batchelers buttons. 

3 Botles, blew, red, and 

tawnie. 

4 Collembines. 

5 Campions. 

6 Cousleps.^ 

7 Daffadondillies. 

8 Eglantine, or sweet brier. 

9 Fetherfew. 

10 Flower armor^ sowe in 

May. 

1 1 Flower de luce. 

12 Flower gentle, white and 

red. 

13 Flower nice. 

2 armour. 1577 ; amour. 1614. 



96 



Marches abstract. 



14 Gileflowers, red white and 

carnations, set in spring, 
and at Haruest in pots, 
pailes or tubs, or for 
sommer in beds. 

15 Holiokes, red, white and 

carnations. 

16 Indian eie, sowe in May, 

or set in slips in March. 

17 Lauender of all sorts. 

18 Larkes foot. 

19 Laus tibi. 

20 Lillium cum valium.^ 

21 Lillies, red and white, 

sowe or set in March 
and September. 

22 Marigolds double. 

23 Nigella Romana. 

24 Pauncies or hartesease. 

25 Paggles, gr6ene and yelow. 

26 Pinkes of all sorts. 

27 Qu6enes gilleflowers. 

28 Rosemarie. 

29 Roses of all sorts. 

30 Snag^ dragons. 

31 Sops in wine. 

32 Sw^ete Williams. 

33 Sw6ete Johns. 

34 Star of Bethelem. 

35 Star of Jerusalem. 

36 Stocke gilleflowers of all 

sorts. 

37 Tuft gilleflowers. 

38 Veluet flowers, or french 

Mario-olds. 



39 Violets, yellow and white. 

40 Wall gilleflowers of all 

sorts. 

44. 

Herbes to still in Sommer. 

1 Blessed thistle. 

2 Betanie [Betonye, 1577]- 

3 Dill. 

4 Endiue. 

5 Eiebright. 

6 Fennell. 

7 Fumetorie. 

8 Isop. 

9 Mints. 

10 Plantine. 

1 1 Roses red and damaske. 

12 Respies. 

13 Saxefrage. 

14 Strawberies. 

15 Sorell. 

16 Suckerie. 

17 Woodrofe for sweete 

waters and cakes. 

45. 

Necessarie herbes to growe 

in the garden for Physick, 

not rehersed 

before. 

1 Annis. 

2 Archangel. 



convallium. 16 14. 



Snap. 1577. 



Marches abstract. 



97 



3 Betanie. 

4 Charuiel. 

5 Cinqfile. 

6 Cummin. 

7 Dragons. 

8 Detanie/ or garden ginger. 

9 Gromel seed, for the stone. 

10 Hartstong. 

1 1 Horehound. 

1 2 Louage for the stone. 

13 Licoras. 

14 Mandrake. 

15 Mogwort [Mogworth, 1577]. 

16 Pion6es. 

17 Poppie. 



18 Rew. 

19 Rubarb. 

20 Smalach, for swellings. 

2 1 Saxefrage, for the stone. 

22 Sauin, for the bots. 

23 Stitchwort. 

24 Valerian. 

25 Woodbine. 

[26] Thus ends in breefe, 
Of herbes the cheefe, 
To get more skill, 
Read whom ye will, 
Such mo to haue. 
Of field go craue. 



46. 

1 Marches husbandrie. 



Chap. 36. 



March dust to be sold, 
Worth ransome of gold. 



Forgotten month past, 
Doe now at the last. 



I TTTHITE peason, both good for the pot and the purse,^ [Sowing 
^^ by sowing too timelie, prooue often the wurse. pea^on.^ 
Bicause they be tender and hateth the cold, ' ^^' 



by sowing too timelie, prooue often the wurse. 
e they be tender and hateth the cold, 
prooue March er ye sowe them, for being too bold. 



2 Spare meadow at Gregorie, marshes at Pask, 
for feare of drie Sommer, no longer time ask. 
Then hedge them and ditch them, bestow thereon pence : 
come, meadow and pasture, aske alway good fence. 



Spare eating 
of meadowe. 



Betany, in 1577. Thus mistakes in synonyms arise. 
"The Retailer now sells them for 2%d. the Quart." — T.R. 



1 7 10. 



98 Marches husbandrie. 

3 Of mastiues and mungrels, that manic we see, 
a number of thousands too manie there bee. 
In Lent Watch therefore in Lent, to thy sheepe go and looke, 

haue an ey ^ 1 u 

t? sbeep for dogs wiU haue vittles,' by hooke or by crooke. 

Setting of 4 In March at the furdest, drie season or wet, 

hops. 

hop rootes so well chosen, let skilfuU go set. 
The goeler^ and yonger the better I loue ; 
well gutted' and pared, the better they proue. 

5 Some laieth them croswise, along in the ground, 

as high as the knee they doo couer vp round. 
Some prick vp a stick in the mids of the same, 
that little round hillock the better to frame. 

6 Some maketh a hollownes, halfe a foot deepe, 

with fower sets in it, set slant wise a steepe : 
One foot from another, in order to lie, 
and thereon a hillock, as round as a pie. 

7 Five foot from another ech hillock would stand, 

as straight as a Icaueled line with the hand. 
Let euerie hillock be fower foot wide, 
the better to come to on euerie side. 

8 By willowes that groweth thy hopyard without, 

and also by hedges thy meadowes about. 
Good hop hath a pleasure to climbe and to spred, 
if Sunne may haue passage to comfort hir hed. 

Hop tools. 9 Get crowe made of iron, deepe hole for to make, 
with crosse ouerthwart it, as sharpe as a stake. 
A hone* and a parer, like sole of a boote,* 
to pare away grasse and to raise vp the roote. 

^ In Lent, dog's meat was scarce, and "a mort Lamb now and then was 
very apt to whet their appetite for Mutton." — T. R. 

2 goeler. 1577. goodher. 1614. "The goeler is the yellower, which 
are the best setts, old roots being red." — T.R. 

3 "Well taken off from the old Roots."— T.R. 

* "A common Rubber or Whetstone." — T.R. 

* "The best, in my minde, are those triangular ones used by the Fen 
men and Bankers." — T.R. 17 10. 



Marches Jmshandrie. 99 

10 In I\Iarch is good graffing, the skilfull doo knowe, Graffing. 

so long as the wind in the East doo not blowe. 
From Moone being changed til past be the prime, ^ 
for graffing and cropping is verie good time. 

1 1 Things graffed or planted/ the greatest and least, 

defend against tempest, the bird^ and the beast. 
Defended shall prosper, the tother is lost, 

the thing with the labour, the time and the cost. 



1 2 Sowe barlie in March, in April and Maie, Sowing of 

^ barlie. 

the latter* in sand, and the sooner in claie.^ 
What worser for barlie than wetnes and cold .'' 
what better to skilfull than time to be bold ? 

13* Who soweth his barlie too soone or in raine, 
of otes" and of thistles shall after complaine. 
I speake not of ]Maie weed, cockle and such, 

that noieth the barlie, so often and much. 

14 Let barlie be harrowed, finelie as dust, 

then workmanly trench it and fence it ye must. 
This season well plied, set sowing an end, 

and praise and praie God a good haruest to send. 

1 5 Some rowleth their barlie straight after a raine, Rowling of 



when first it appeareth to leauell it plaine. 
The barlie so vsed, the better doth growe, 

and handsome ye make it at haruest to mowe. 



^ cf. aiiie, p. 85, St. 4. 

- plainted. 1577. 

^ " That impudent bird, a Tomtit, is not easily flighted." — T.R. 

^ "later."— T.R. 

* "Barley is rarely sown in Clay, at present." — T.R. 1710. 

^ St. 13 is not in 1577. 

' Gen-ase Markham says: "You shall take care that in your seede Early 
there be not any Oates, for although they be in this case amongst Husband- 
men accounted the best of weede, j"et are they such a disgrace," etc. ; 
.... and he adds that "some grounds will .... bring forth naturally 
a certaine kinde of wilde Oates." — English Husbandman, Pt. I. ch. v. 



barlie. 



100 Mar dies hiisba^idrie. 

1 6 Otes, barlie and pease, harrow after you sowe,^ 
for rie harrow first, as alreadie ye knowe. 
Leaue wheat little clod, for to couer the head, 
that after a frost, it may out and go spread. 

17- If clod in thy wheat wil not breake with the frost, 
if now ye doo rowle it, it quiteth the cost. 
But see when ye rovvle it, the weather be drie, 
or else it were better vnrowled to lie. 

^ 18 In March and in April, ^ from morning to night, 

Gardening. jj^ sowing and Setting, good huswiues delight : 

To haue in a garden, or other like plot, 

to turn vp their house, and to furnish their pot. 

^ 19 The nature of flowers dame Physick doth shew, 

she teacheth them all to be knowne to a few. 
To set or to sowe, or else sowne to remoue, 
how that should be practised, learne if ye loue. 

To know 20 Land falling or lieng full South or southwest, 

good land. 

for profit by tillage is lightly the best. 
So garden with orchard and hopyard I finde, 
that want the like benefit, growe out of kinde. 

^ 2 1 If field to beare corne a good tillage doth craue, 

what thinke ye of garden, what garden would haue } 
In field without cost be assured of weedes, 
in garden be suer thou loosest thy seedes. 

f[ 22 At spring (for the sommer) sowe garden ye shall, 

at haruest (for winter) or sowe not at all. 
Oft digging, remoouing, and weeding (ye see), 

makes herbe the more holesome and greater to bee. 



^ "That is, in our Countryman's Phrase, .... above furrow, that is 
upon land after the last ploughing." — T.R. Cf. ante, p. 88, st, 6. 

2 St. 17 is not in 1577. 

3 In March, April, and May. 1577. 



Marches Jmsbandrie. lOi 

23 Time faire, to sowe or to gather be bold, \ 

but set or remooue when the weather is cold.^ 
Cut all thing or gather, the jNIoone in the wane, 
but sowe in encreasing, or giue it his bane. 

24 Now set doo aske watering with pot or with dish, ^ 

new sowne doo not so, if ye doo as I wish. 
Through cunning with dible, rake, mattock, and spade, 
by line and by leauell, trim garden is made. 

25 Who soweth too lateward, hath seldome good seed, 

who soweth too soone, little better shall speed. 
Apt time and the season so diuers to hit, 
let aier and laier^ helpe practise and wit. 

26* Now leekes are in season, for pottage full good, H 

and spareth the milchcow and purgeth the blood. 
These hauing, with peason for pottage in Lent, 
thou sparest both otemell and bread to be spent. 

27^ Though neuer so much a good huswife doth care, ^ 

that such as doe labour haue husbandlie fare. 
Yet feed them and cram them til purse doe lack chinke, 
no spoone meat, no bellifull, labourers thinke. 

28 Kill crowe, pie and cadow, rooke, buzard and rauen, Destroie 

^ ' pie, rooks, 

or else go desire them to seeke a new hauen. and rauens 

° nest, etc. 

In scaling the yoongest, to pluck off his beck, 
beware how ye climber, for breaking your neck. 

Thus endeth Marches husbandrie. 



^ ' ' There is an old Sawe to this purpose : 

' In Gard'ning never this Rule forget, 
To Sow dry, and Set wet.'" — T. R. 

- "By Aier I understand Situation, Weather, etc By Laier, 

Composition, the Nature of the Soil, Heart of the Land, etc." — T.R. 
^ Sts. 26 and 27 are not in 1577 ; but instead — 

Good peason and leekes, to make porredge in lent, 

and pescods in July, saue fish to be spent. 
Those hauing with other things plentiful! than, 
thou winnest the hart of the labouring man. 



102 



Aprils abstract. 



47. 



IT Aprils abstract. 



Chap. 37. 



i^ QOME champions laie 9 The straightest ye knowe, 
^ to fallow in Male. for staddles let growe. 



2 When tilth plows breake, 10 Crab tr6e preserue, 
poore cattle cries creake. for plough to serue. 



3 One dale er ye plow, 
spred compas ynow. 



1 1 Get timber out, 
er y6ere go about. 



4 Some fodder buieth, 
in fen where it lieth. 



12 Somcuntrieslackplowmeat, 
and som doe want cowmeat. 



5^ Thou champion wight, 13 Small commons and bare, 
haue cow meat for night. yeelds cattell ill fare. 



6 Set hop his pole, 
make deepe the hole. 

7 First, bark go and sell, 
er timber ye fell. 

8 Fence copie in, 
er heawers beffin. 



14 Som common with g6ese, 
and sheepe without fl6ese. 
Som tits thither bring, 
and hogs without ring. 

15 Some champions agr^e 
as waspe doth with h&a. 



' Sts. 1-5 are not in 1577. 



Aprils abstract. 



103 



1 6 Get swineherd for hog, 
but kill not with dog. 
Wher swineherd doth lack, 
corne goeth to wrack. 

17 All goes to the Deuill, 
where shepherd is euill. 

18 Come home from land, 
with stone in hand. 



20 Slut Cisley vntaught 
hath whitemeat naught. 

21 Some bringeth in gaines, 
some losse beside paines. 

22 Run Cisse, fault known,^ 
with more than thine own. 
Such Mistris, such Nan, 
such Maister, such Man. 



19 Man cow prouides, 
wife dairie guides. 



Thus endeth Aprils abstract, 
agreeing with Aprils husbandrie. 



In 1577 St. II is followed by sts. 20, 21, 22 ; then follows- 
Such Mistres such Nan, 
such master such man. 
By such ill gestes, 
poore Cis il restes. 
Such fautes as thease 
good dame will ease. 
These faultes all ten, 
abhorreth all men. 
A warning for Cysse 
for doing amysse. 



48. 

II Aprils husbandrie. 



Chap. 38. 



Sweete April showers, 
Doc spring Male flowers. 



Forgotten month past, 
Doe now at the last. 



i^ TN Cambridge shire forward to Lincolne shire way, 
-■- the champion maketh his fallow in May. 
Then thinking so dooing one tillage woorth twaine, 
by forcing of weede, by that meanes to refraine. 



1 cf. post, ch. 48, St. 21. 
^ Sts. 1-5 are not in 1577. 



104 Aprils Jiiisbandrie. 

2 If April be dripping, then doo I not hate, 

(for him that hath little) his fallowing late, 
Else otherwise fallowing timelie is best, 

for sauing of cattel, of plough and the rest. 

3 Be suer of plough to be readie at hand, 

er compas ye spred that on hillocks did stand : 
Least drieing so lieing, doo make it decaie, 
er euer much water doo wash it awaie. 

4 Looke now to prouide ye of meadow for hay, 

if fennes be vndrowned, there cheapest ye may.^ 
In fen for the bullock, for horse not so well, 

count best the best cheape, wheresoeuer ye dwell. 

5 Prouide ye of cowmeate, for cattel at night, 

and chiefly where commons lie far out of sight : 
Where cattel lie tied without any meat, 
that profit by dairie can neuer be great. 

Put poles to 5 Qgt into thv hopyard with plentie of poles, 

yournophils. . rj r r ' 

amongst those same hillocks deuide them by doles. 
Three poles to a hillock^ (I pas not how long)^ 

shall yeeld thee more profit, set deeplie and strong. 

Felling of n Sell barke to the tanner er timber yee fell, 

timber. 

cut lowe by the ground* or else doo ye not well. 
In breaking^ saue crooked, for mill and for ships, 
and euer in hewing saue carpenters chips. 



1 "Now ye may see what medows are well laid up, and what not, and 
accordingly chuse your ground."— T.R. 

2 " I suppose in our Author's time they made the Hills less than they do 
now." — T.R. 1710. 

3 "Overpoling (especially in height) is worse than underpoling. " — T.R. 
* " Six inches at the but may be more worth than two foot in another 

part."— T.R. 

^ " Sawing out ; it being called breaking-up by workmen in those parts 
near where our Author lived." — T.R. 



Aprils husbandrie. 105 

8 First see it well fenced er hewers begin, 

then see it well stadled,^ without and within ; 
Thus being preserued and husbandlie donne, 
shall sooner raise profit, to thee or thy sonne. 

9 Leaue growing for stadles the likest and best, wo'^o'ds?^ °*^ 

though seller and buier dispatched the rest. 
In bushes, in hedgerowe, in groue, and in wood, 
this lesson obserued is needfull and good. 

10 Saue elme, ash and crabtree, for cart and for plough, 

saue step for a stile, of the crotch of the bough. 
Saue hazel for forks, saue sallow for rake, 

saue huluer- and thorne, thereof flaile for to make. 

1 1 Make riddance of carriage, er yeere go about. Discharge 

" ■' _ thy woods. 

for spoiling of plant that is newlie come out. 
To carter (with oxen) this message I bring, 
leaue oxen abrode^ for anoieng the spring. 

1 2* Allowance of fodder some countries doo yeeld, 
as good for the cattel as haie in the feeld. 
Some mowe vp their hedlonds^ and plots among come, 
and driuen to leaue nothing, vnmowne, or vnshorne. 

13 Some commons are barren, the nature is such, 
and some ouer laieth the common too much. 
The pestered commons small profit doth geeue, 
and profit as little some reape I beleeue. 



1 "Tostadle a Wood is to leave at certain distances a sufficient number 
of young Trees to replenish it." — T. R. 

"^ "or Holly .... heavy enough for flail swingels." — T.R. 

3 T.R. reads "leave not oxe abroad," and explains spring to mean the 
young buds of felled underwood. 

* Sts. 12 to 18 are not in 1577. 

* "The laying of headlands for grass is frequently used in Norfolk to 
this day."— T.R. 17 10. 



I'06 Aprils husbandrie. 

14 Some pester the commons, with iades and with geese, 

with hog without ring and with sheepe without fleese. 
Some lose a daie labour with seeking their owne, 

some meet with a bootie they would not haue knowne. 

15 Great troubles and losses the champion sees,^ 

and euer in brauling, as wasps among bees : 
As charitie that waie appeereth but small, 
so lesse be their winnings, or nothing at all. 

16 Where champion wanteth a swineherd for hog, 

there many complaineth of naughtie mans dog. 
Where ech his owne keeper appoints without care, 
there come is destroied er men be aware. 

17 The land is well harted with helpe of the fold, 

for one or two crops, if so long it will hold. 
If shepherd would keepe them from stroieng of come, 
the walke of his sheepe might the better be borne. 

18 Where stones be too manie, annoieng thy land, 

make seruant come home with a stone in his hand. 
By daily so dooing, haue plentie yee shall, 

both handsome for pauing and good for a wall. 

9^ 19 From April beginning, till Andrew be past, 

Dairie SO loug with good huswifc, hir dairie doth last. 

matters. 

Good milchcow and pasture, good husbands prouide, 
the resdue good huswiues knowes best how to guide. 

^ 20 111 huswife vnskilful to make hir owne chees, 

111 bus- through trusting of others hath this for hir fees. 

wiferie. 

Her milke pan and creame pot, so slabbered and sost, 
that butter is wanting: and cheese is halfe lost. 



' "Our Author liv'd in the Reigns of King Henry the Eighth, King 
Edward the Sixth, Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth : during which time 
there were several commotions about the taking in of Common Field Land. 
.... The greatest part of the privileges of Common Fields, etc., are but 
so many privileges to wrong and quarrel with their neighbours." — T.R. 



Aprils husbandrie. 107 

2 1 Where some of a cow doo raise yeerelie a pound, \ 

with such seelie huswiues no penie is found. 
Then dairie maid (Cisley) hir fault being knowne, 
away apace trudgeth, with more than hir owne. 



22 Then neighbour, for Gods sake, if any you see, 

good seruant for dairie house, waine^ her to mee. 
Such maister such man, and such mistris such maid, 
such husband and huswife, such houses araid.'^ 



Ill hus- 
wiues 
saiensjs. 



49. 

^ A lesso7ifor dairie maid Cisley, of ten 
toppings gests. 

{a) A S wife that will {h) So Cisse that serues 
-^^ good husband plese, must marke this note, 

Must shun with skill What fault deserues 

such gests as these. a brushed cote. 

[c) Gehezie, Lots wife, and Argusses eies, \ 
Tom piper, poore Cobler, and Lazarus thies, T«:n top- 

r r T r pings gests 

Rough Esau, with Mawdlin, and Gentils that scrall, ^nsent for. 

With Bishop that burneth, thus knowe ye them all.^ 

[d) These toppingly gests he in number but ten, 
As welcome in dairie as Beares among inen. 

Which being descried, take hcede of ^ you shall. 
For danger of after claps, after that fall. 



^ waynes. 1573 (M.); wayne. 1577. 

* and house is araid. 1573 (M.); " such houses arayde." IS77' 

3 With bishop that turneth and bumeth up all. 1573 (M.) and 1577. 

* if. 1577- 



io8 



A lesson for dait'ie maid, etc. 



White and 
drie. 
Too salt. 



Full of eies. 
Houen. 
Tough. 
Full of spots. 



Full of 
heares. 



Full of whey. 



Full of 
gentils. 

Burnt to 
the pan. 



1 Gehezie his sicknes was whitish and drie, 
such cheeses, good Cisley, ye floted* too nie. 

2 Leaue Lot with her piller (good Cisley) alone, 
much saltnes in whitemeat is ill for the stone. 

3 If cheeses in dairie haue Argusses eies, 
tell Cisley the fault in hir huswiferie lies.^ 

4 Tom Piper hath houen and puffed vp cheekes, 

if cheese be so houen, make Cisse to seeke creekes. 

5 Poore Cobler he tuggeth his leatherlie trash, 
if cheese abide tugging, tug Cisley a crash. 

6 If Lazer^ so lothsome in cheese be espied, 
let bales amend Cisley, or shift hir aside. 

7 Rough Esau was hearie from top to the fut, 
if cheese so appeareth, call Cisley a slut. 

8 As Mawdlin wept, so would Cisley be drest, 
for whey in hir cheeses, not halfe inough prest. 

9 If gentils be scrauling, call magget the py, 
if cheeses haue gentils, at Cisse by and by. 

10 Blesse Cisley (good mistris) that Bishop doth ban 
for burning the milke of hir cheese to the pan. 



[i i]//" thou {so oft beateny 
ainendcst by this : 



I will no more threaten, 
I promise thee Cis. 



[12] Thus dairie maid Cisley, rehearsed ye see, 

what faults with ill huswife, in dairie house bee. 
Of market abhorred, to houshold a griefe, 
to maister and mistris, as ill as a thiefe. 

Thus endeth Aprils husbandrie. 



1 "Floting is taking off the Cream."— T.R. 
'^ "Because she did not work the Curd well together." — T.R. 
^ "An inner corruption. . . . Chiefly occasioned from their using milk 
soon after calving. " — T. R. 
* Amend so oft beaten 

for doing amisse. 1577. 



Males abstract. 



109 



60. 

1 Maies abstract. 



Chap. 39. 



1 T)UT lambe from eawe, 
J- to milke a feawe. 

2 Be not too bold, 

to milke and to fold. 

3 Fine eawes alow, 
to euerie cow. 

4 Sheepe wrigling taile 
hath mads without faile. 

5 Beat hard in the r6ede 
where house hath n6ede. 

6 Leaue cropping from May 
to Mihelmas day. 

Let luie be killed, 
else tr6e will be spilled. 

7 Now threshers warne 
to rid the barne. 

8 Be suer of hay 
till thend of May. 

9 Let sh6epe fill flanke, 
where corne is too rauke. 
In woodland leuer,^ 

in champion neuer. 

10 To weeding away, 
as soone as y6e may. 



1 1 For corne here r6ede, 
what naughtie w6ede. 

12 Who weeding slacketh, 
good husbandrie lacketh. 

13 Sowe buck or branke, 
that smels so ranke. 

14 Thy branke go and sowe, 
where barlie did growe. 
The next crop wheat 

is husbandrie neat. 

15 Sowe pescods some, 
for haruest to come. 

16 Sowe hemp and flacks, 
that spinning lacks. 

17 Teach hop to clime, 
for now it is time. 

1 8 Through fowles & w6edes 
poore hop ill speedes. 
Cut off or crop 
superfluous hop : 

The titters or tine 
makes hop to pine.^ 

19 Some raketh their wheat, 
with rake that is great. 
So titters and tine 

be gotten out fine. 



euer. 1577- 



2 now take out fine. 1577- 



no 



Males abstract. 



2 Now^ sets doe craue 
some weeding to haue. 

2 1 Now draine as ye like 
both fen and dike. 

2 2 Watch bees in INIay, 
for swarming away. 
Both now and in June, 
marke maister bees tune. 

23 Twifallow thy land, 
least plough else stand. 

24 No longer tarrie, 
out compas to carrie. 

25 Where n6ede doth pray it, 
there s^e ye lay it. 

26 Set Jack and Jone 
to gather vp stone. 

27 To grasse with thy calues, 
take nothing to halues. 

28 Be suer thy neat 
haue water and meat. 

29 By tainting of ground, 
destruction is found. 

30 Now carrege get 
home fewell to fet. 



Tell fagot and billet 
for filching gillet. 

31 In sommer for firing 
let citie be buying. 
Marke colliers packing 
least coles be lacking. 
(S^e opened sack) 

for two in a pack. 

32 Let nodding patch 
go sl^epe a snatch. 

33 Wife as^ you will, 
now plie your still. 

34 Fine bazell^ sowe, 
in a pot to growe. 
Fine swedes sowe now, 
before ye sawe how. 

35 K6epe ox from cow, 
for causes ynow. 

Thus endeth Maies abstract, 
agreeing wth I^Iaies husbandrie. 



^ Two other short remem- 
brances. 

[36] From bull cow fast 
till Crowchmas* be past. 
From heifer bul hid th6e 
till Lammas^ dothbidth^e. 



Here ends Maies short remembrances. 

*,* Sts. 14, 15, 19, are not in 1577. 

' New. 1577. - yf. 1577. ^ Bezell. 1577. 

* Saint Helens daie (i/i/^ w/^). ^ Au^st (side note). 



Males Jmsbandrie. 



Ill 



51. 

IT Maies husbandrie. 



Chap. 40. 



Cold Maie and windie, 
Barne filleth vp finelie. 



Forgotten month past, 
Doe now at the last. 



1 A T Philip and Jacob, away with the lams 

^-^ that thinkest to haue any milke of their dams. 
At Lammas leaue milking, for feare of a thing : 
least (reqiiie7n ccteniam) in winter they sing. 

2 To milke and to fold them is much to require, 

except yee haue pasture to fil their desire. 
Yet manie by milking (such heede they doo take), 
not hurting their bodies much profit doo make. 

3 i^iue eawes to a cow, make a proofe by a score, 

shall double thy dairie, else trust me no more. 
Yet may a good huswife that knoweth the skill, 
haue mixt and vnmixt at hir pleasure and will. 

4 If sheepe or thy lambe fall a wrigling with taile, 

go by and by search it, whiles helpe may preuaile 
That barberlie handled I dare thee assure, 

cast dust in his arse, thou hast finisht thy cure. 

5 Where houses be reeded^ (as houses haue neede), 

now pare off the mosse, and go beat in the reed. 
The iuster ye driue it, the smoother and plaine, 
more handsome ye make it to shut off the raine. 

6 From Maie til October leaue cropping, for why ? 

in wood sere, whatsoeuer thou croppest wil dy. 
Where luie imbraceth the tree verie sore, 
kill luie, or else tree wil addle no more. 



Essex and 
Suffolke. 



Milking of 
eawes. 



Leaue off 
cropping. 



Destroie 
luie. 



' " Reeding is no where so -well done as in Norfolk and Suffolk. 
It will bear a better slope than any other thatch." — T.R. 



112 



Males Jnisbandrie. 



Keepe threshing for thresher, til Maie be come in, 
to haue to be suer fresh chaffe in the bin. 

And somewhat to scamble, for hog and for hen, 
and worke when it raineth for loiterino: men. 



Count store 
no sore. 



8 Be sure of haie and of prouender some, 
for labouring cattel til pasture be come. 
And if ye doo mind to haue nothing to sterue, 
haue one thing or other, for all thing to serue. 



Weeding. 



II weeds. 



Sowing of 
branke. 



9 Ground compassed wel and a following^ yeare, 
(if wheat or thy barlie too ranke doo appeare) 
Now eat it with sheepe or else mowe it ye may, 
for ledging, and so, to the birds for a pray. 

ID In Maie get a weede hooke, a crotch and a gloue, 

and weed out such weedes as the corne doth not loue 
For weeding of winter corne now it is best, 
but June is the better for weeding the rest. 

1 1 The May weed doth burn and the thistle doth freat, 

the fitchis'^ pul downward, both rie and the wheat. 
The brake and the cockle be noisome too much, 
yet like vnto boddle no weede there is such. 

12 Slack neuer thy weeding, for dearth nor for cheape, 

the corne shall reward it er euer ye reape. 

And specially where ye doo trust for to seede,^ 

let that be well vsed, the better to speede, 

1 3 In Maie is good sowing, thy buck or thy branke, 

that black is as pepper, and smelleth so ranke. 
It is to thy land, as a comfort or muck, 
and al thine- it maketh as fat as a buck. 



^ See note 3, p. 114. 

* "or, as some call it, the Tine-tare." — T.R. 

3 to for seed. i577. 



Maies Jmsbandi'ie. 113 

14^ Sowe buck after barlie, or after thy wheat, 

a peck to a roode (if the measure be great) ; 
Three earthes see ye giue it, and sowe it aboue, 
and harrow it finelie if buck ye doo loue. 

15^ Who pescods would gather, to haue with the last, 
to serue for his houshold till haruest be past. 
Must sowe them in Male, in a corner ye shal, 

where through so late growing no hindrance may fal. 

16 Good flax and good hemp for to haue of hir owne, 

in Male a good huswife will see it be sowne. 
And afterward trim it, to serue at a neede, 
the fimble to spin and the karl for hir seede. 

17 Get into the hopyard, for now it is time,^ 

to teach Robin hop on his pole how to clime : 
To follow the Sunne, as his propertie is, 

and weede him and trim him, if aught go amis. 

18 Grasse, thistle and mustard seede, hemlock and bur, 

tine, mallow and nettle, that keepe such a stur. 
With peacock and turkie, that nibbles oft top, 
are verie ill neighbors to seelie poore hop. 

19 From wheat go and rake out the titters or tine, 

if eare be not foorth, it will rise againe fine. 
Use now in thy rie, little raking or none, 

breake tine^ from his roote, and so let it alone. 

20 Bankes newly quicksetted, some weeding doo craue, 

the kindlier nourishment thereby to haue. 
Then after a shower to weeding a snatch, 

more easilie weede with the roote to dispatch. 



\ 



Sowing of 
flax and 
hempe. 



II neigh- 
bours to 
the hop. 



Weeding of 
quickset. 



^ Sts. 14 and 15 are not in 1577. 

^ "I am told that 7.0s. an acre is the common Price for looking after 
a hop ground." — T.R. 
•^ Misprinted "time." 



114 



Males husbandrie. 



ditchM^'"^ 2 1 The fen and the quamire,^ so marrish be kind, 
and are to be drained, now wine to thy mind : 
Which yeerclie vndrained and suffered vncut, 
annoieth the meadowes that thereon doo but. 

^ 2 2 Take heede to thy bees, that are readie to swarme, 

Swarming ^j^g losse thereof now is a crownes worth of harme :' 

of bees. 

Let skilfull be readie and diligence scene, 
least being too careles, thou losest thy beene. 

Twifallow- 23 In Maie at the furthest, twifallow thy land, 

ing. 

much drout may else after cause plough for to stand 
This tilth being done, ye haue passed the wurst, 
then after who ploweth, plow thou with the furst. 



Cane out 
compas. 



24 Twifallow once ended, get tumbrell and man, 

and compas that fallow as soone as ye can. 
Let skilfull bestow it, where neede is vpon, 
more profit the sooner to follow^ thereon. 

25 Hide hcdionds with muck, if ye will to the knees, 

so dripped and shadowd with bushes and trees : 
Bare plots full of galles,'' if ye plow ouerthwart, 
and compas it then, is a husbandlie part. 

26 Let children be hired, to lay to their bones, 

from fallow as needeth to gather vp stones. 
What wisedome for profit aduiseth vnto, 

that husband and huswife must willingly do. 



Forth to 27 To gras with thy calues in some medow plot nere, 

grasse with 1 a j 1. 

thy calues. where neither their mothers may see them nor here. 

Where water is plentie and barth to sit warme, 
and looke well vnto them, for taking of harme. 



^ quamer. 1577. 

- "The Proverb says, 'A Swarm in May is worth a Load of Hay.' " — 
T.R. 1710. Mavor says a swarm might fetch 15^. in his time (1812). 

^ The author of Tiisscr Redivivns and Mavor \)\&kx falloix) ; though M. 
says that all standard editions x&zA follow. Cf. st. 9. 

* gales. 1577. 



Males husbandi'ie. 



115 



28 Pinch nener thy wennels of water or meat, 

if euer ye hope for to haue them good neat : 
In Sommer time dailie, in Winter in frost, 
if catte! lack drinke, they be vtterly lost. 

29 For coueting much ouerlay not thy ground, 

and then shall thy cattel be lustie and sound. 
But pinch them of pasture, while Sommer doth last, 
and lift at their tailes er an Winter be past. 

30 Get home with thy fewell, made readie to fet, 

the sooner the easier carrege to get : 
Or otherwise linger the carrege thereon, 
till (where as ye left it) a quarter be gon. 

31 His firing in Sommer, let Citizen buie, 

least buieng in Winter make purse for to crie. 
For carman and collier harps both on a string, 
in Winter they cast to be with thee to bring. ^ 

32 From Male to mid August, an hower or two, 

let patch sleepe a snatch, how soeuer ye do, 
Though sleeping one hower refresheth his song, 
yet trust not hob growthed for sleeping too long. 

33 The knowledge of stilling is one pretie feat. 

The waters be holesome, the charges not great. 

What timelie thou gettest, while Sommer doth last, 

thinke Winter will helpe thee, to spend it as fast. 

34 Fine bazell desireth it may be hir lot, 

to growe as the gilloflower, trim in a pot, 
That ladies and gentils, for whom she doth seme, 
may helpe hir as needeth, poore life to preserue.^ 

^ "In our Author's time, and not long since, the Yarmouth and Ipswich 
ColUers were laid up in the Winter, and then the Spring Market was always 
dearest." — T.R. 

^ "Most people stroak Garden Basil, which leaves a grateful Smell on 
the Hand ; and he will have it, that such streaking from a fair lady 
preserves the life of the Basil. " — T. R. 



Let not 
cattel want 
water. 



Ouerlay 
not thy 
pastures. 



Get home 
thy fewel. 



Husbandrie 
for Citizens. 



Sleeping 
time. 



If 



Stilling 
of herbes. 



t 



ii6 



Males Juisbandrie. 



35 Keepe oxe fro thy cow that to profit would go, 
least cow be deceiued by oxe dooing so : 
And thou recompenced for suffering the same, 
with want of a calfe and a cow to wax lame. 

Thus endeth Males husbandrie. 



52. 



H Junes abstract. 



Chap. 41. 



1 TTTASH sh6ep for to share, 7 S6e cart in plight, 
* ' that sh6epe may go bare. and all things right. 



2 Though fleese ye take, 
no patches make. 



8 Make drie ouer hed, 
both houell and shed. 



3 Share lambes no whit, 
or share not yit. 



9 Of houell make stack, 
for pease on his back. 



4 If meadow be growne, 
let meadow be mowne. 



10^ In champion some, 
wants elbow rome. 



5 Plough early ye may, 
and then carrie hay. 



1 1^ Let Avheat and rie, 
in house lie drie. 



6 Tis good to be knowne, 
to haue all of thine owne. 
Who goeth a borrowing, 
goeth a sorrowing. 



\t} Buie turfe and sedge, 
or else breake hedge. 

13 Goodstorehowsen^edfull 
well ordred sp^edfuU. 



* Sts. 10-12 are omitted in 1577. 



Jjines abstract. 



117 



14 Thy barnes repaire, 
make flower^ faire. 



20 Hops hate the land, 
with s:rauell and sand. 



15 Such shrubs as noie, 
in sommer destroie. 



21 The rotten mold 

for hop is worth gold. 



16 Swinge brembles& brakes, 
ffet forkes and rakes. 



22 The sunne southwest 
for hopyard is best. 



17 Spare hedlonds^ some, 
till haruest come. 



23 Hop plot once found, 
now diq: the ground. 



18 Cast ditch and pond, 
to lay vpon lond. 

A lesson of hopyard. 

19 Where hops will growe, 
here learne to knowe. 
Hops many will coome, 
in a roode of roome. 



24 Hops fauoreth malt, 
hops thrift doth exalt : 
Of hops more r^ede, 
as time shall n6ede. 



Thus endeth Junes abstract, 
agreeing with Junes husbandrie. 



53. 



f Junes husbandrie. 



Chap. 42. 



Calme weather in June 
Come sets in time. 



Forgotten month past, 
Doe now at the last. 



I TTTASH sheepe (for the better) where water doth run, 
' • and let him go cleanly and drie in the sun. 
Then share him and spare not, at two dales an end. 
The sooner the better his corps will amend. 



Sheepe 
sharinar. 



Query, floor. 



2 hedlong, 1577. 



ii8 



Junes Jinsbandrie. 



Beware of 
euill sheepe 
shearers. 



Reward not thy sheepe (when ye take off his cote) 
with twitchis and patches, as brode as a grote. 

Let not such vngentlenesse happen to thine, 
least flie with hir gentils doo make it to pine. 



Sheare 
lambes in 
Julie. 



3 Let lambes go vnclipped, till June be halfe worne, 
the better the fleeses will growe to be shorne. 
The Pie will discharge thee for pulling the rest : 
the lighter the sheepe is, then feedeth it best. 



Mowing 
time. 



4 If meadow be forward, be mowing of some ; 
but mowe as the makers may well ouercome : 
Take heede to the weather, the wind and the skie, 
if danger approcheth, then cock apace crie. 



5 Plough earlie till ten a clock, then to thy hay, 

in plowing and carting, so profit ye may. 
By little and little, thus dooing ye win : 

that plough shall not hinder when haruest comes in. 

6 Prouide of thine owne to haue all things at hand, 

least worke and the workman vnoccupide stand. 
Loue seldome to borowe that thinkest to saue, 
for he that once lendeth twise looketh to haue. 



Trim well 
thy carts. 



7 Let cart be well searched without and within, 
well clouted and greased, er hay time begin. 
Thy hay being carried, though carter had sworne, 
carts bottome well boorded is sauing of corne. 



8 Good husbands that laie to saue all things vpright, 
for tumbrels and cart, haue a shed readie dight. 
Where vnder the hog may in winter lie warme : 
to stand so enclosed, as wind doo no harme. 



A houell is 
set vpon 
crotches ' 
and couered 
with poles 
and strawe. 



Jnfies Jnisbandrie. 119 

9 So likewise a houell will serue for a roome, 

to stack on the peason, when haruest shall coome. 
And serue thee in winter, more ouer than that, 
to shut vp thy porklings thou mindest to fat. 

10- Some barnroome haue little, and yardroome as much, 
yet corne in the field appertaineth to such : 
Then houels and rikes they are forced to make, 
abrode or at home for necessities sake. 

1 1^ Make sure of breadcorne (of all other graine), 

lie drie and well looked to, for mouse and for raine. 
Though fitchis and pease, and such other as they, 
(for pestring too much) on a houell ye ley. 

1 2- With whinnes or with furzes thy houell renew, 

for turfe or for sedge, for to bake and to brew : 
For charcole and sea cole, as also for thacke, 
for tallwood and billet, as yeerlie ye lacke. 

13 What husbandlie husbands, except they be fooles, Thehus- 

bandliestor- 

but handsome haue storehouse, for trinkets and tooles : house. 
And all in good order, fast locked to ly, 
what euer is needfull, to find by and by. 

14 Thy houses and barnes would be looked vpon, 

and all things amended er haruest come on. 
Things thus set in order, in quiet and rest, 

shall further thy haruest and pleasure thee best. 

15 The bushes and thorne with the shrubs that do noy, 

in woodsere* or sommer cut downe to destroy: 
But where as decay to the tree ye will none, 
for danger in woodsere, let hacking alone. 



^ ' ' forked posts. " — T. R. 

^ Sts. 10-12 are omitted in 1577. 

^ goodsere. 1577. 



I20 



Junes Jinsbandrie. 



Mowe 
downe 
brakes and 
meadow. 



1 6 At Midsommer, downe with the brembles and brakes, 
and after, abrode with thy forks and thy rakes : 
Set mowers a mowing, where meadow is growne, 
the longer now standintr the worse to be mowne. 



Mowe hed- 
londs at 
haruest or 
after in the 
seueral 
fields. 



17 Now downe with the grassc vpon hedlonds about, 
that groweth in shadow, so ranke and so stout. 
But grasse vpon hedlond of barlie and pease, 
when haruest is ended, go mowe if ye please. 



18 Such muddle deepe ditches, and pits in the feeld, 
that all a drie sommer no water will yeeld. 
By fieing and casting that mud vpon heapes, 
commodities many the husbandman reapes. 



A lesson where and when to plant 
good Hopyard. 

19 Whome fancie persuadeth, among other crops, 
to haue for his spending, sufficient of hops, 
IMust willinglie follow, of choises to chuse, 
such lessons approoued, as skilfull doo vse. 



Naught 
for hops. 



20 Ground grauellie, sandie, and mixed with clay, 
is naughtie for hops any maner of way ; 
Or if it be mingled with rubbish and stone, 
for drines and barrennes, let it alone. 



Good for 
hops. 



2 1 Choose soile for the hop of the rottenest mould, 

well doonged and wrought, as a garden plot should 
Not far from the water (but not ouerflowne) 
this lesson well noted is meete to be knowne. 



Junes Jiusbandrie. 



121 



2 2 The Sunne in the south, or else southly and west, 
is ioy to the hop, as a welcomed gest ; 
But wind in the north, or else northly east, 
to hop is as ill as a fraie in a feast. 

23 INIeete plot for a hopyard once found as is told, 

make thereof account, as of iewell of gold. 
Now dig it and leaue it, the Sunne for to burne, 
and afterward fence it, to serue for that turne. 

24 The hop for his profit I thus doo exalt, 

it strengtheneth drinke, and it fauoreth malt. 
And being well brewed, long kept it will last, 
and drawing abide, if ye drawe not too fast. 



Now dig 
thy new hop 
ground. 



The praise 
of hops. 



54. 

1 Julies abstract. 



C/iap. 43. 



I f^ O sirs and away, 
^ to ted and make hay. 
If stormes drawes nie, 
then cock apace crie. 



5 Let dallops^ about 
be mowne and had out. 
S6e hay doo looke gr6ene, 
s6e f6eld ve rake cl6ene. 



2 Let hay still bide, 
till well it be dride. 
(Hay made) away carrie, 
no longer then tarrie. 

3 Who best way titheth, 
he best way thriueth. 

4 Two good hay makers 
woorth twentie crakers. 



6 Thry fallow I pray thee, 
least thistles bewray th^e. 

7 Cut off, good wife, 
ripe beane with a knife. 

8 Ripe hempe out cull, 
from karle to pull. 

Let s^ede hempe growe, 
till more ye knowe. 



dalors. 1577- 



122 J lilies abstract. 

9 Drie flax get in, 1 1 JMark Physick true, 

for spinners' to spin. of wormewood and rue.' 

Now mowe^ or pluck Get grist to the mill, 

thy branke or buck. for wanting at will. 

10 Some wormewood saue, Thus endeth Julies abstract, 

for March to haue. agreeing with JuHes husbandrie. 



65. 

1 Julies husbandrie. 

Chap. 44. 

No tempest, good JuHe, Forgotten month past, 

Least corne lookes ruUe. Doe now at the last. 

truest ' C^ ^ muster thy seruants, be captaine thy selfe, 

^ prouiding them weapon and other like pelfe. 
Get bottles and walletts, keepe field in the heat, 
the feare is as much, as the danger is great. 

2 With tossing and raking and setting on cox, 
grasse latelie in swathes is hay for an ox : 
That done, go and cart it and haue it away, 
the battel is fought, ye haue gotten the day. 

tuhes^' 3 ^"^y iustly thy tithes whatsoeuer thou bee, 

that God may in blessing send foison to thee. 
Though Vicar* be bad, or the Parson as euill, 
go not for thy tithing thy selfe to the Deuill. 

4 Let hay be well made, or auise else auouse, 
for molding in goef,® or of firing the house. 
Lay coursest aside for the ox and the cow, 
the finest for sheepe and thy gelding alow. 

' mayde. 1577. - Go reape. 1577. 

^ Some woormwood saue 

for March to haue. 1577- 
* curat. 1577. ^ mow. 1614. 



jfulies hiisbandrie. 



123 



5 Then downe with the hedlonds, that groweth about, 
leaue neuer a dallop vnmowne and had out. 
Though grasse be but thin, about barlie and pease, 
yet picked vp cleane ye shall find therein ease. 



6 Thry fallow betime, for destroieng of weede, 

least thistle and duck^ fall a blooming and seede. 
Such season may chance, it shall stand thee vpon, 
to till it againe, er an Sommer be gon. 



Thry fal- 
lowing. 



7 Not rent^ off, but cut off, ripe beane with a knife, 
for hindering stalke of hir vegetiue life. 
So gather the lowest, and leaning the top, 

shall teach thee a trick, for to double thy crop. 



Gathering 
of garden 
beanes. 



8 Wife, pluck fro thy seed hemp the fiemble hemp clene, 
this looketh more yellow, the other more grene : 
Vse ton for thy spinning, leaue Mihel the tother, 
for shoo thred and halter, for rope and such other. 

9^ Now pluck vp thy flax, for the maidens to spin, 
first see it dried, and timelie got in. 
And mowe vp thy branke, and away with it drie, 
and howse it vp close, out of danger to lie. 



Gather 
yellow 
hempe. 



If 



10 While wormwood hath seed, get a handful or twaine, ^ 

to saue against March to make flea to refraine : Worme 

wood g{ 

Where chamber is sweeped, and wormwood is strowne, against 

ll63.S 3.n 

no ffea for his life dare abide to be knowne. 



eas and 
infection. 



1 1* What sauer is better (if physick be true), 

for places infected, than wormwood and rue. 
It is as a comfort for hart and the braine, 
and therefore to haue it, it is not in vaine. 



' dock. 1577. 

^ St. 9 wanting in 1577. 



2 rend. 1573 (M.), 1577. 
* St. II wanting in 1577. 



124 



y lilies husbaudrie. 



Be sure of 
bread and 
drinke for 
haruest. 



Get grist to the mill, to hauc plcntie in store, 
least miller lack water, as many doo more. 

The meale the more yeeldeth, if seruant be true, 
and miller that toUcth, take none but his due. 

Thus endeth Julies husbandrie. 



56. 

IF Augusts abstract. 



Chap. 45. 



I npHRY fallowing won, 
-*- get compassing don. 



5^ INIaids, mustard seed reape, 
and laie on a heape. 



2 In June and in Awe 
swinge brakes (for a lawe). 



6' Good neighbors in d6ede, 
chansfe s6ede for s6ede. 



3 Pare saffron plot, 
forget it not. 

His dwelling made trim, 
looke shortly for him : 
When haruest is gon, 
then saffron comes on. 

4 A little of ground 
brings saffron a pound. 
The pleasure is fine, 
the profit is thine. 
K^epe colour in drieng, 
well vsed woorth buieng. 



7 Now strike vp dnim,'- 
cum haruest man cum. 
take paine for a gaine, 
one knaue mars twaine. 

8 Reape corne by the day,^ 
least corne doo decay. 
By great is the cheaper, 
if trustie were reaper. 

9 Blowe home for sleapers, 
and ch6ere vp thy reapers.* 



' Sts. 5, 6 are wanting in 1577. 

^ droom. 1577. ^ Get reapers by day. 1577. 

* giue gloues to, etc. 1573 (M.) and 1577. 



Augusts abstract. 



125 



10 Well dooings who loueth, 18 Laie band* to find her, 
thes haruest points proueth. two rakes ^ to a binder. 



1 1 Paie Gods part furst, 
and not of the wurst. 

12 Now Parson (I say),^ 
tith Carrie away. 

1 3 Keepe cart gap w^ele, 
scare hog from wh6ele. 

14^ Mowe hawme to burne, 
to serue thy turne : 
To bake thy bread, 
to burne vnder lead. 

1 5^^ Mowne hawme being dry, 
no longer let ly. 
Get home thy hawme, 
whilst weather is cawme. 

16 Mowne barlie lesse cost, 
ill mowne much lost. 

17 Reape barlie with sickle, 
that lies in ill pickle.^ 
Let greenest stand, 

for making of band. 
Bands made without dew, 
will hold but a few. 



19 Rake after sieth, 
and pay thy tieth. 
Corne carried all, 
then rake it ye shall. 

20 Let shock take sweate, 
least gofe take heate. 
Yet it is best reason, 
to take it in season. 

2 1 More often ye turne, 
more pease ye out spume. 
Yet winnow them in, 

er carrege begin. 

22 Thy carting plie, 
while weather is drie. 

23 Bid gouing (clim)^ 
gone iust and trim. 
Laie wheat for seede, 
to come by at neede. 
S6ede barelie cast, 
to thresh out last. 

24 Lay pease vpon stacke, 
if houell ye lack. 
And couer it straight, 
from doues that waiffht. 



1 That parson may. 1577. ^ Sts. 14, 15, are wanting in 1577. 

^ Reape barley with hand, 

that will not stand. 1577. ^ hand. 1577. ^ makers. 1577. 

^ In 1577, Bid goeuing dim. Query, abbreviation for Clement. 



126 



Aunists abstract. 



25 Let gleaners gleane, 
(the poore I meane). 
Which euer ye sowe, 
that first cate lowe. 
The other forbare, 
for rowen^ to spare. 

26 Come home lord singing, 
com home" corne bringing. 
Tis merie in hall, 

when^ beards wag all. 



No longer delaies, 

to mend the high waies. 

32 Some loue as a iewell, 
well placing of fewell. 

33 In piling of logs, 
make houell for hogs. 

34 Wife, plow doth crie, 
to picking of rie. 



27 Once had thy desire, 
pay workman his hire. 
Let none be beguilde, 
man, woman, nor childe. 

28 Thanke God* ye shall, 
and adue for all. 



35 Such s6ede as ye sowe, 
such reape or else mowe. 

36 Take shipping or ride. 
Lent stuftc to prouide. 

37 Let haberden lie, 
in peasestraw drie. 



Works after hartiest!" 

29 Get tumbrell in hand, 
for barlie land. 

30 The better the muck, 
the better ffood luck. 



38 When out ye ride, 
leaue a good guide. 

39 Some profit spie out, 
by riding about. 

Marke now, thorow yeere, 
what cheape, what deere. 



31 Still carrege is good, 
for timber and wood. 



40 Some skill doth well 
to buie and to sell. 



1 rewen. 1577. ^ cart. 1573 (M.), 1577. 

3 let. 1577. * so. 1577. 

^ The ^Yol■ks after Haruest are not in editions previous to 1580 (M.). 
But stanzas 47 and 48 are in Septembers Abstract. 1577. — Ed. 



Aus:nsts abstract. 



127 



Of theefe who bieth, 
in danger lieth. 



At Faires go bie, 
home wants to suppHe. 



41 Commoditie knowne, 
abrode is blowne. 

42 At first hand bie, 
at third let He. 

43 Haue monie prest, 
to buie at the best. 

44 Some cattle home bring, 
for Mihelmas spring. 
By hauke and hound, 
small profit is found. 

45 Dispatch, looke home, 
to loitring mome. 
Prouide or repent, 
milch cow for Lent. 

46 Now crone ^ your sheepe, 
fat those ye keepe. 
Leaue milking old cow, 
fat aged vp now. 



48 If hops looke browne, 
go gather them downe. 
But not in the deaw, 
for piddling with feaw. 

49 Of hops this knack, 
a meanie doo lack.^ 
Once had thy will,* 
go couer his hill. 

50 Take hop to thy dole, 
but breake not his pole. 

5 1 Learne here (thou stranger) 
to frame hop manger. 

52 Hop poles preserue, 
againe to serue. 
Hop poles by and by, 
long safe vp to dry. 
Least poles wax scant, 
new poles go plant.* 



47 Sell butter and ch6ese, 
good Faires few leese. 



53 The hop kell dride, 
will best abide. 



»*5^ Stanza 47 is st. 49 in Septembers Abstract in 1577 ; st. 48 is 50, 
second couplet reads — But not in a deawe, 

nor pidling with feawe. 1577- 



^ i.e. pick out the crones. — T.R., but cf. Glossary. 

- put in thy pack. 1577. 

3 fyll. 1577. 

* ley new to plant. 1577. 



128 



Augusts abstract. 



Hops dried in loft, 
aske tendance oft. 
And shed their s6edes, 
much more than n6edes.^ 

54 Hops dride small cost, 
ill kept halfe lost. 



Hops quickly^ be spilt, 
take h6ede if thou wilt. 

55 Some come, some go, 
This life is so. 

Thus endeth Augusts abstract, 
agreeing with Augusts hus- 
bandrie. 



57. 



IF Augusts husbandrie. 



Chap. 46. 



Thry fallow- 
ing. 



Mowing of 
brakes. 



Paring of 
saffron. 



Dry August and warme, 
Doth haruest no harme. 



Forgotten month past, 
Doe now at the last. 



1 rpHRY fallow once ended, go strike by and by, 
J- both wheat land and barlie, and so let it ly. 
And as ye haue leisure, go compas the same, 

when vp ye doo lay it, more fruitfuU to frame. 

2 Get downe with thy brakes, er an showers doo come, 

that cattle the better may pasture haue some. 
In June and in August, as well doth appeere, 

is best to mowe brakes, of all times in the yeere. 

3 Pare saffron betweene the two S, Maries dales, 

or set or go shift it, that knowest the waies. 

What yeere shall I doo it (more profit to yeeld }) 

the fourth in garden, the third in the feeld. 



* Tlie third couplet is omitted in 1577. 
^ soone. 1577. 



A uscusts husbandrie. 



129 



4 In hauing but fortie foote workmanly dight, 
take saffron ynough for a Lord and a knight. 
All winter time alter^ as practise doth teach, 
what plot haue ye better, for linnen to bleach.'^ 

5^ Maides, mustard seede gather, for being too ripe, 
and weather it well, er ye giue it a stripe :* 
Then dresse it and laie it in soller vp sweete, 
least foistines make it for table vnmeete. 

6* Good huswifes in sommer will saue their owne seedes, 
against the next yeere, as occasion needes. 
One seede for another, to make an exchange, 

with fellowlie neighbourhood seemeth not strange. 

7 Make sure of reapers, get haruest in hand, 

the corne that is ripe, doo" but shed as it stand. 
Be thankfuU to God, for his benefits sent, 
and willing to saue it with earnest intent. 

8 To let out thy haruest, by great' or by day, 

let this by experience leade thee a way. 
By great will deceiue thee, with lingring it out, 
by day will dispatch, and put all out of dout. 

9 Grant haruest lord^ more by a penie or twoo, 

to call on his fellowes the better to doo : 
Giue gloues to thy reapers," a larges to crie, 
and dailie to loiterers haue a good eie. 



Huswiferie. 



Corne 
haruest. 



Champion 
by great, 
the other 
by day. 



' after. 1577. 

- "Saffron makes a very good Sward, whereon Linnen may lye hollow 
and bleach well enough." — T.R. 

^ Stanza 5 is wantmg in 1573 (M.) and 1577. 

* "Beating it upon a Hurdle or some other rough thing." — T.R. 

* St. 6 is wanting in 1573 (iNI.) and 1577. 
^ doth. 1614. 

" "Our Author is justly against letting Harvest by the great, for who- 
ever does will certainly find himself cheated or slighted." — T.R. 

*' " Some stay'd sober working man, who understands all sorts of Harvest 
Work."— T.R. Cf. Matt. i.x. 38. 

" " Where the Wheat is thistly."— T.R. 



Good 

haruest 

points. 



130 



Augusts husbandrie. 



10 Reape wel, scatter not, gather cleane that is shorne, 
binde fast, shock apace, haue an eie to thy corne. 
Lode safe, carrie home, follow time being faire, 
goue iust in the barne, it is out of despaire. 



1 1' Tithe dulie and trulie, with hartie good will, 

that God and his blessing may dwell with thee still 
Though Parson neglecteth his dutie for this, 

thanke thou thy Lord God, and giue erie man his. 



Parson 
looke to 
thy tithe. 



1 2 Corne tithed (sir Parson) to gather go get, 

and cause it on shocks to be by and by set : 
Not leauing it scattering abrode on the ground, 
nor long in the field, but away with it round. 



Keepe hog 
from cart 
wheele. 



1 3 To cart gap and barne, set a guide to looke weele, 
and hoy out (sir carter) the hog fro thy wheele : 
Least greedie of feeding, in following cart, 
it noieth or perisheth, spight of thy hart. 



14^ In champion countrie a pleasure they take, 

to mowe vp their hawme, for to brew and to bake. 
And also it stands them in steade of their thack, 
which being well inned, they cannot well lack. 

15^ The hawme is the strawe of the wheat or the rie, 
which once being reaped, they mowe by and bie : 
For feare of destroieng with cattle or raine, 
the sooner ye lode it, more profit ye gaine. 



Mowing of 
barlie. 



16 The mowing of barlie, if barlie doo stand, 

is cheapest and best, for to rid out of hand : 
Some mowe it and rake it, and sets it on cocks, 
some mowe it and binds it, and sets it on shocks. 



' .Stanzas 11, 14, and 15 are not in 1577. 



A ugusts Jutshandrie. 



131 



17 Of barlie the longest and greenest ye find, 

leaue standing by dallops, till time ye doo bind : 
Then early in morning (while deaw is thereon), 
to making of bands till the deaw be all gon. 

18 One spreadeth those bands, so in order to ly, 

as barlie (in swatches) may fill it thereby : 
Which gathered vp, with the rake and the hand, 
the follower after them bindeth in band. 

19 Where barlie is raked (if dealing be true), 

the tenth of such raking to Parson is due : 
Where scatring of barlie is scene to be much, 

there custome nor conscience tithing should gruch.^ 

20 Come being had downe (any way ye alow), 

should wither as needeth, for burning in mow : 
Such skill appertaineth to haruest mans art, 
and taken in time is a husbandly part. 

2 1 No turning of peason till carrege ye make, 

nor turne in no more, than ye mind for to take : 
Least beaten with showers so turned to drie, 
by turning and tossing they shed as they lie. 

22 If weather be faire, and tidie- thy graine, 

make speedily carrege, for feare of a raine : 
For tempest and showers deceiueth a menie, 
and lingering lubbers loose many a penie. 

23 In gouing at haruest, learne skilfully how 

ech graine for to laie, by it selfe on a mow : 
Seede barlie the purest, goue out of the way, 
all other nigh hand goue as just as ye may. 



Binding of 
barlie. 



Spreading 
of barlie 
bands. 



H 



Tithe of 
rakings. 



Usage of 
peason. 



Lingring 
lubbers. 



Best maner 
of gouing 
corn in the 
barn. 



' "This alludes to the custom of Norfolk, where the Parson takes his 
Tyth in the Swarth, the Farmer also clears the Swarths, and afterwards 
with a Drag-Rake rakes hisgi"Ound all over." — T.R. 

' "Tidy is an old Word signifying neat, proper, or in Season, from the 
word Tide."— T.R. 



132 



Augusts Imsbandrie. 



Pease stack. 24 Stack pcase vpon houell abrode in the yard, 
to couer it quicklie, let owner regard : 
Least Doue and the cadow, there finding a smack, 
with ill stormie weather doo perish thy stack. 

^.^^"^ r as Corne carred, let such as be poore go and gleane, 

gleaning tor J ' r o o 

the poore. ^^^ after, thy cattle to mowth it vp cleane. 

Then spare it for rowen, till Mihel be past, 
to lengthen thy dairie no better thou hast. 

26 In haruest time, haruest foike, seruants and all, 

should make all togither good cheere in the hall : 
And fill out the black boule of bleith to their song, 
and let them be merie all haruest time long. 



Pay trulie 

haruest 

folke. 



27 Once ended thy haruest, let none be begilde, 

please such as did helpe thee, man, woman, and childe. 
Thus dooing, with alway such helpe as they can, 
thou winnest the praise of the labouring man. 



ThankeGod 28 Now lookc vp to Godward, let tong neuer cease 

for all. 

in thanking of him, for his mightie encrease : 
Accept my good will, for a proofe go and trie : 
the better thou thriuest, the gladder am I. 

[End of Augusts Husbandry in 1577.] 



Works after Haruest} 

29 Now carrie out compas, when haruest is donne, 
where barlie thou sowest, my champion sonne : 
Or laie it on heape, in the field as ye may, 
till carriage be faire, to haue it away. 

^ Not in editions previous to 15S0 (M.). Portions are in Septembers 
Husbandry 1577. — Ed. 



Augusts hisbandrie. 133 

30 Whose compas is rotten and carried in time, 

and spred as it should be, thrifts ladder may clime. 
Whose compas is paltrie and carried too late, 
such husbandrie vseth that many doo hate. 

31' Er winter preuenteth, while weather is good, 

for galling of pasture get home with thy wood. 
And carrie out grauell to fill vp a hole : 

both timber and furzen, the turfe and the cole. 

32 Howse charcole and sedge, chip and cole^ of the land, 

pile tallwood and billet, stacke all that hath band. 
Blocks, rootes,^ pole and bough, set vpright to the thetch 
the neerer more handsome in winter to fetch. 

33 In stacking of bauen, and piling of logs, 

make vnder thy bauen a houell for hogs, 
And warmelie enclose it, all sauing the mouth, 
and that to stand open, and full to the south. 

34 Once haruest dispatched, get wenches and boies, 

and into the barne, afore all other toies. 
Choised seede to be picked and trimlie well fide, 
for seede may no longer from threshing abide. 

35 Get seede aforehand, in a readines had, 

or better prouide, if thine owne be too bad. 
Be carefull of seede, or else such as ye sowe, 
be sure at haruest, to reape or to mowe. 

36* When haruest is ended, take shipping or ride. 

Ling, Saltfish and Herring, for Lent to prouide. 
To buie it at first, as it commeth to rode, 

shall paie for thy charges thou spendest abrode. 



Carriage of 
fewell. 



Well plac- 
ingoffewell. 



Houell for 



Provision 
for Lent. 



Stanzas 31-33 are in Septembers Husbandry. 1577. 

turfe. 1577. 

Block rootes. 1577. 

Sts. 36-46 appear as sts. 25-35 in Septembers Husbandry. 



1577- 



134 Augusts Jinsbandrie. 

37 Choose skilfullie Saltfish, not burnt at the stone, ^ 
buie such as be goo3, or else let it alone. 
Get home that is bought, and goe stack it vp drie, 
with peasestrawe betweene it, the safer to lie. 

of°ba^dfe'°^ 38 Er cucr ye iornie, cause seruant with speede 
''^"'^- to compas thy barlie land where it is neede. 

One aker well compassed, passeth some three, 
thy barne shall at haruest declare it to thee. 

39 This lesson is learned by riding about, 

the prices of vittels, the yeere thorough out. 
Both what to be selling and what to refraine, 
and what to be buieng, to bring in againe. 

40 Though buieng and selling doth woonderfull well, 

to such as haue skill how to buie and to sell : 
Yet chopping and changing I cannot commend, 
with theefe'' and his marrow, for feare of ill end. 

41 The rich in his bargaining needes not be tought, 

of buier and seller full far is he sought. 
Yet herein consisteth a part of my text, 

who buieth at first hand, and who at the next. 

Buieng at 42 At first hand he buieth that paieth all downe, 

first hand. 

at second, that hath not so much in the towne, 
At third hand he buieth that buieth of trust, 
at his hand who buieth shall paie for his lust. 

Readie 4.7 As oft as vc bargainc, for better or wurse, 

monie bieth ^ -^ j a 

bestcheape. to buic it the chcapcr, haue chinkcs in thy purse 

Touch kept is commended, yet credit to keepe, 
is paie and dispatch him, er euer ye sleepe. 



' "Such Fish as is diy'd on the Beach in too hot Weather." — T. R. 
- knaue. 1577- 



A usriists Jnishandrie. 



135 



44 Be mindfull abrode of Mihelmas^ spring, 

for thereon dependeth a husbandlie thing : 
Though some haue a pleasure, with hauke vpon hand, 
good husbands get treasure, to purchase their land. 



Hauking. 



45 Thy market dispatched, turne home againe round, 
least gaping for penie, thou loosest^ a pound : 
Prouide for thy wife, or else looke to be shent, 
good milch cow for winter, another for Lent. 



Winter 
milch cow. 



46 In traueling homeward, buie fortie good crones, 
and fat vp the bodies of those seelie bones. 
Leaue milking and drie vp old mulley thy cow, 
the crooked and aged, to fatting put now. 



Old ewes. 



\-f At Bartilmewtide, or at Sturbridge faire, 

buie that as is needfuU, thy house to repaire : 
Then sell to thy profit, both butter and cheese, 
who buieth it sooner, the more he shall leese. 



Buieng or 
selling of 
butter and 
cheese. 



48 If hops doo looke brownish, then are ye too slowe, 
if longer ye suffer those hops for to growe. 
Now sooner ye gather, more profit is found, 
if weather be faire and deaw of a ground. 



Hops 
gathering. 



49 Not breake off, but cut off, from hop the hop string, 
leaue growing a little againe for to spring. 
Whose hill about pared, and therewith new clad, 
shall nourish more sets against March to be had. 



Increasing 
of hops. 



50 Hop hillock discharged of euerie let, 

see then without breaking, ech pole ye out get. 
Which being vntangled aboue in the tops, 
go Carrie to such as are plucking of hops. 



The order of 
hops gather- 
ing. 



' Mighelmas. 1577. ^ lossest. 1577. 

* Sts. 47-54 occur as sts. 49-56 of Septembers Husbandry. 1577. 



136 



A 2icrusts Jiusbandrie. 



Hop 
manger. 



Saue hop 
poles. 



Drieng 
of hops. 



Keeping 
of hops. 



51 Take soutage or haier (that couers the kell), 

set like to a manger and fastened well : 
With poles vpon crotchis as high as thy brest, 
for sauing and^ riddance is husbandrie best. 

52 Hops had, the hop poles that are likelie preserue, 

(from breaking and rotting) againe for to serue : 
And plant ye with alders or willowes a^ plot, 
where yeerelie as needeth mo poles may be got. 

53 Some skilfullie drieth their hops on a kell, 

and some on a soller, oft turning them well, 
Kell dried will abide, foule weather or faire, 
where drieng and lieng in loft doo dispaire. 

54 Some close them vp drie in a hogshed or fat, 

yet canuas or soutage is better than that : 
By drieng and lieng they quickly be spilt : 

thus much haue T shewed, doo now as thou wilt. 

55 Old fermer is forced long August to make, 

his goodes at more leisure away for to take. 
New fermer he thinketh ech houre a day, 
vntill the old fermer be packing away. 

Thus endeth and holdelh out Augusts husbandrie, 
till Mihelmas Eue. 

Tho. Tusser. 



68. 

1 Covjte Hariiest equally deuided 
into ten partes. 

Chap. 47.3 

1 One part cast forth, for rent due out of hand, 

2 One other part, for seede to sowe thy land. 

3 Another part, leaue Parson for his tieth. 

4 Another part for haruest, sickle and sieth. 

of. 1577. 2 some. 

This chapter is wanting in 1573 (M.) ; but is in 1577. 



1577- 



Come liarucst. 



137 



5 One part for plowwrite, cartwrite, knacker and smith, 

6 One part to vphold thy teemes that drawe therewith. 

7 One part for seruant and workmans wages lay. 

8 One part likewise for filbellie day by day. 

9 One part thy wife for needfull things doth craue. 

I o Thy selfe and childe, the last one part would haue. 



[i i] Who minds to cote, 
vpon this note, 
may easily find ynough : 
What charge and paine, 
to litle gaine, 
doth follow toiling plough. 



For naperie 
sope and 
candle, salt 
and sauce, 
tinker ' and 



cooper, 
brasse 



[12] Yet former may 

thanke God and say, 
for yeerlie such good hap : 
Well fare the plough, 
that sends ynough 
to stop so many a gap. 



and 



' timber. 

1577- 



69. 



H A briefe conclusion, wJiere yon may see, 
Ech word in the verse, to begin with a T. 



Chap. 48. 

HE thriftie that teacheth the thriuing to thriue, 
Teach timelie to trauerse the thing that thou triue. 
Transferring thy toiling, to timelines tought. 
This teacheth thee temprance, to temper thy thought. 



T 



5 Take trustie (to trust to) that thinkest to thee, 
That trustily thriftines trowleth to thee. 
Then temper thy trauell to tarie the tide, 
This teacheth thee thriftines twentie times tride. 

9 Take thankfull thy talent, thanke thankfully those 
That thriftilie teacheth thy time to transpose. 
Troth twise to thee teached, teach twentie times ten. 
This trade thou that takest, take thrift to thee then. 



I'riue for 
contriue. 



[Thomas Tusser (1577).] 



138 



Mans ape. 



60. 



[Mans age deuidedinto twehie seauens. 1 6 1 4] . 

H Mans age deuided here ye haue, 

By prentiships, from birth to his graue. 



7 

1+ 
21 
28 

[5] 35 
42 

49 

56 

63 

[10] 70 

77 



Chap. 49. 

The first seuenyeers bring vp as a childe, 

The next to lear7iing, for waxing too wilde. 

The next keepe vnder sir hohbard de hoy, 

The next a man no lojiger a boy. 

The next, let liistie laie wisely to wiue, 

The next, laie now or else neuer to thriue. 

The next, make sure for tcrme of thy life, 

The next, saue somewhat for childrefi aiid wife. 

The next, be staled, giue oner thy lust. 

The next, thinke honrely whither thou must. 

The next, get chaire and crotches to stay. 

The next, to heauen God se?id vs the way. 

Who looseth their youth, shall rue it in age : 
Who hateth the truth, in sorowe shall rage. 



61. 

II Another diuision of the nature 
of mans age. 

Chap. 50. 

The Ape, the Lion, the Foxe, the Asse, 
Thus sets foorth man, as in a glasse. 

[i] Ape /' Like Apes wc be toieng, till twentic aiid one, 

Lyon \ Then hastie as Lions till fortie be gone : 

Foxe ] The7i wilie as Foxes, till threescore a?id three, 

Asse V Then after for Asses accounted ^ we bee. 



1 accompted. 1577- 



Comparing good husband, etc. 



139 



[2] Who plaies with his better, this lesson must knowe, 
what humblenes Foxe to the Lion doth owe. 
Foxe, Ape with his toieng and rudenes of Asse, 
brings (out of good hower) displeasure to passe. 



62. 

Comparing good husband with vnthrift his 

brother, 
The better discerneth the tone from the 

tother. 

Chap. 



1 TL husbandrie braggeth, 
-*- to go with the best : 

Good husbandrie baggeth 
vp gold in his chest. 

2 111 husbandry trudgeth, 
with vnthrifts about : 

Good husbandry snudgeth, 
for fear of a dout. 

3 III husbandrie spendeth 
abrode like a mome : 

Good husbandrie tendeth 
his charges at home. 

4 111 husbandrie selleth 
his corne on the ground : 

Good husbandrie smelleth 
no gain that way found. 

5 111 husbandrie loseth, 
for lack of good fence : 

Good husbandrie closeth, 
and gaineth the pence. 



51- 

6 111 husbandrie trusteth 
to him and to hur : 

Good husbandrie lusteth 
himselfe for to stur. 

7 111 husbandrie eateth 
himselfe out a doore : 

Good husbandrie meateth 
his friend and the poore. 

8 111 husbandrie daieth, 
or letteth it lie : 

Good husbandrie paieth, 
the cheaper to bie. 

9 111 husbandrie lurketh, 
and stealeth a sleepe : 

Good husbandrie worketh, 
his houshold to k^epe. 

10 111 husbandrie liueth, 
by that and by this : 
Good husbandrie giueth 
to erie man his. 



140 



Co7iiparing good Juishand, etc. 



1 1 111 husbandrie taketh, 
and spendeth vp all : 
Good husbandrie maketh 
S:ood shift with a small. 



14. Ill husbandrie lieth 
in prison for debt : 
Good husbandrie spieth 
where profit to get. 



I 2 111 husbandry praieth 
his wife to make shift 
(iood husbandrie saieth 
take this of my gift. 



15 111 husbandrie waies 

has to fraud what he can 
Good husbandrie praies 
hath of euerie man. 



1 3 111 husbandry drowseth 

at fortune so auke : 
Good husbandrie rowseth 
himselfe as a hauke. 



16 III husbandrie neuer 

hath welth to keep touch : 
Good husbandrie euer 
hath penie in pouch. 



[17] Good husband his boone, 
Or request hath a far. 
Ill husband assoone 
Hath a tode with an R. 



63. 



1 A comparison betweene Champion 
countrie and seuerall. 



Chap. 52. 

1 rpHE countrie^ enclosed I praise, 
-■- the tother delighteth not me, 
For nothing the wealth it doth raise, 

to such as inferior be. 
How both of them partly I knowe, 

here somewhat I mind for to showe.'^ 



' countery. 1577' 
* Because of them both I do know 
I mind thereof somewhat to show. 



1577- 



A comparison betiveene, etc. 

2 There swineherd that keepeth the hog, 
there neatherd, with cur and his home, 

There shepherd with whistle and dog, 
be fence to the medowe and corne. 

There horse being tide on a balke, 
is readie with theefe for to walke. 



141 



Champion. 



3 Where all thing in common doth rest, 

corne field with the pasture and meade, 
Though common ye doo for the best, 

yet what doth it stand ye in steade ? 
There common as commoners vse, 

for otherwise shalt thou not chuse.^ 

4 What laier much better then there, 

or cheaper (thereon to doo well ?) 
What drudgerie more any where 

lesse good thereof where can ye tell ? 
What gotten by Sommer is scene : 

in Winter is eaten vp cleene. 

5 Example by Leicester shire, 

what soile can be better than that ? 
For any thing hart can desire, 

and yet doth it want ye see what. 
Mast, couert, close pasture, and wood, 

and other things needfull as good. 



6 All these doo enclosure bring, 

experience teacheth no lesse, 
I speake not to boast of the thing, 

but onely a troth to expresse. 
Example (if doubt ye doo make) : 

by Suffolke and Essex go take. 

' There common as commoners do, 

As good else to cobble a shoe. 1573 (M.) and 1577. 



Enclosure. 



142 



A comparison betivecne, etc. 



Seuerall. 



Champion 
countrie. 



7 jNIorc plcntie of mutton and biefe, 

corne, butter, and cheese of the best, 
More wealth any where (to be briefe), 

more people, more handsome and prest, 
Where find ye ? (go search any coast) 

than there where enclosure is most. 

8 iMore worke for the labouring man, 

as well in the towne as the feeld : 
Or thereof (deuise if ye can) 

more profit what countries doo yeeld ? 
IMore seldome where see ye the poore, 

go begging from doore vnto doore ? 

9 In Norfolke behold the dispaire 

of tillage too much to be borne : 
By drouers from faire to faire, 

and others destroieng the corne. 
By custome and couetous pates, 

by gaps, and by opening of gates. ^ 

10 What speake I of commoners by, 

with drawing all after a line : 
So noieng the corne, as it ly, 

with cattle, with conies,- and swine. 
When thou^ hast bestowed thy cost, 

looke halfe of the same to be lost. 

1 1 The flocks of the Lords of the soile 

do yeerly the winter corne wrong : 
The same in a manner they spoile, 

with feeding so lowe and so long. 
And therefore that champion feeld 

doth seldome good winter corne yeeld. 

^ " In Norfolk (in our Author's time) there was a considerable RebelHon, 
call'd Ket's RebelHon against Inclosuves, and to this day they take the 
Liberty of throwing open all Enclosures out of the Common Field, these 
are commonly call'd Lammas Lands, and half Year Lands." — T. R. 

2 sheep and with swine. 1577. ^ one. 1577. 



noiances. 



A comparison betweene, etc. 143 

1 2^ By Cambridge a towne I doo knowe, champion 

where many good husbands doo dwell ; 
Whose losses by losels doth showe, 

more here than is needfull to tell : 
Determine at court what they shall, 

performed is nothing at all. 

1 3 The champion robbeth by night, 

and prowleth and filcheth by day : 
Himselfe and his beast out of sight, 

both spoileth and maketh away 
Not onely thy grasse, but thy come, 

both after, and er it be shorne. 

14 Pease bolt with thy pease he will haue, 

his houshold to feede and his hog : 
Now stealeth he, now will he craue, 

and now will he coosen and cog. 
In Bridewell a number be stript, 

lesse woorthie than theefe to be whipt. 

15 The oxboy, as ill is as hee, 

or worser, if worse may be found : 
For spoiling from thine and from thee, 

of grasse and of corne on the ground. 
Laie neuer so well for to saue it, 

by night or by dale he will haue it. 

1 6 What orchard vnrobbed escapes } 

or pullet dare walke in their jet ? 
But homeward or outward (like apes) 

they count it their owne they can get. 
Lord, if ye doo take them, what sturs ! 

how hold they togither like burs ! 

^ Stanzas 12-21 are not in 1577. 



144 ^ comparison betiveene, etc. 

1-] For commons these commoners crie, 
enclosing they may not abide : 

Yet some be not able to bie 
a cow with hir calfe by hir side. 

Nor laie not to Hue by their wurke, 
but theeuishlie loiter and lurke. 

iS The Lord of the towne is to blame, 
for these and for many faults mo. 
For that he doth knowe of the same, 

yet lets it vnpunished go. 
Such Lords ill example doth giue, 
where verlets and drabs so may Hue. 

1 9 What footpathes are made, and how brode ! 

annoiance too much to be borne : 
With horse and with cattle what rode 

is made thorow erie mans corne 1 
Where champions ruleth the roste, 

there dailie disorder is moste. 

20 Their sheepe when they driue for to wash, 

how careles such sheepe they doo guide ! 
The fermer they leaue in the lash, 

with losses on euerie side. 
Though any mans corne they doo bite, 

they will not alow him a mite. 

2 1 What hunting and hauking is there ! 
corne looking for sickle at hand : 
Actes lawles to doo without feare, 
how yeerlie^ togither they band. 
More harme to another to doo, 
than they would be done so vntoo. 

' Q"^'0'> yarely. 



A comparison betweene, etc. 

2 2 More profit is quieter found 

(where pastures in seuerall bee :) 
Of one seelie aker of ground, 

than champion maketh of three. 
Againe what a ioie is it knowne, 

when men may be bold of their owne ! 



145 



23 The tone is commended for graine, 

yet bread made of beanes they doo eate 

The tother for one loafe haue twaine, 
of mastlin, of rie, or of wheate. 

The champion liueth full bare, 

when woodland full merie doth fare. 



Champion. 



Seuerall. 



24 Tone giueth his corne in a darth, 

to horse, sheepe, and hog euery dale ; 
The tother giue cattle warme barth, 

and feede them with strawe and with haie. 
Corne spent of the tone so in vaine : 
the tother doth sell to his gaine. 



Champion. 



Seuerall. 



Tone barefoote and ragged doth go, 
and readie in winter to sterue : 

When tother ye see doo not so, 
but hath that is needful! to serue. 

Tone paine in a cotage doth take, 
when tother trim bowers doo make. 



Champion. 



Seuerall. 



26 Tone laieth for turfe and for sedge, 
and hath it with woonderfull suit : 

When tother in euerie hedge, 
hath plentie of fewell and fruit. 

Euils twentie times worser than thease, 
enclosure quickly would ease. 



Champion. 



Seuerall. 



10 



14^ A comparison bctiveenc, etc. 

Seueraii. 27 In woodland the poore men that haue 

scarse fully two akers of land, 
More merily Hue and doo saue, 

than tother with twentie in hand. 
Yet paie they as much for the twoo 

as tother for twentie must doo. 

28 The labourer comming from thence, 

in woodland to worke any where : 
(I warrant you) goeth not hence, 

to worke anie more againe there. 
If this same be true (as it is :) 

why gather they nothing of this ? 

29 The poore at enclosing doo grutch, 

because of abuses that fall, 
Least some man should haue but too much, 

and some againe nothing at all. 
If order might therein be found, 

what were to the seueraii ground ? 

Thus endeth Husl)andry. 1577. 
Here followeth Huswifery. I573- 

*jie* "It is likely this was wrote soon after Ket's rebellion, as a dissua- 
sive from the like, and to persuade the poorer sort quietly to endure 
Enclosures. " — T. R. 



64. 

H The description of an e unions and 
naughtie neighbour. 

Chap. 53.1 
[i] An enuious neighbour is easie to finde. 

His cumbersome fetches are seldome" behinde. 
His hatred procureth from naughtie to wurse. 
His friendship like ludas that carried the purse. 

^ This chapter precedes the Author's Life in 1577 edition. 
* sieldome. 1614. 



Of a naugJitie neighbo2ir. i^y 

[5] His head is a storehouse, with quarrels full fraught, 

His braine is vnquiet, till all come to naught. 

His memorie pregnant, old euils to recite, 

His mind euer fixed each euill to requite. 

His mouth full of venim, his lips out of frame, 
[10] His tongue a false witnes, his friend to defame. 

His eies be promooters, some trespas to spie, 

His eares be as spials, alarum to crie. 

His hands be as tyrants, reuenging ech thing. 

His feete at thine elbow, as serpent to sting. 
[15] His breast full of rancor, like Canker^ to freat, 

His hart like a Lion, his neighbour to eat. 

His gate like a sheepebiter, fleering aside, 

His looke like a coxcombe, vp puffed with pride. 

His face made of brasse, like a vice in a game, 
[20] His iesture like Dauus, whom Terence doth name. 

His brag as Thersites, with elbowes abrode. 

His cheekes in his furie shall swell like a tode. 

His colour like ashes, his cap in his eies. 

His nose in the aire, his snout in the skies. 
[25] His promise to trust to as slipprie^ as ice. 

His credit much like to the chance of the dice. 

His knowledge or skill is in prating^ too much, 

His companie shunned,^ and so be all such. 

His friendship is counterfait, seldome to trust, 
[30] His dooings vnluckie and euer vniust. 

His fetch is to flatter, to get what he can, 

His purpose once gotten, a pin^ for thee than. 



Copras. 1577. - slipper. 1577. 

parting. 1577. * shenned. 1577. 

penny. 1577. 



148 To light a candell, etc. 

[In the edition of 1577 the following piece is inserted here.] 

64* 

To light a candell before the Deitill 

To beard thy foes shews forth thy witt, 
but helpes the matter nere a whit. 

MY Sonne, were it not worst 
to frame thy nature so, 
That as thine vse is to thy friend, 

likewise to greet thy foe : 
Though not for hope of good, 

yet for the feare of euill, 
Thou maist find ease so proffering vp 
a candell to the deuill. 

This knowne, the surest way 

thine enemies wrath to swage ; 
If thou canst currey fauour thus, 

thou shalt be counted sage. 
Of truth I tell no lye, 

by proofe to well I knowe. 
The stubborne want of only this 

hath brought full many lowe. 

And yet to speak the trouth 

the Deuill is worse then naught, 
That no good turne will once deserue, 

yet looketh vp so haught. 
Exalt him how we please, 

and giue him what we can. 
Yet skarcely shall we find such Deuill 

a truly honest man. 



To light a candell, etc. 149 

But where the mighty may 

of force the weake constraine, 
It shal be wysely doone to bow 

to voyd a farther payne, 
Like as in tempest great, 

where wind doth beare the stroke, 
Much safer stands the bowing reede 

then doth the stubborne oke. 

And chiefly when of all 

thy selfe art one of those 
That fortune needes, will haue to dwell 

fast by the Deuils nose : 
Then (though against thine hart) 

thy tongue thou must so charme 
That tongue may say, where ere thou come, 

the Deuill doth no man harme. 

For where as no reuenge 

may stand a man in steede, 
As good is then an humble speech, 

as otherwise to bleede. 
Like as ye see by him 

that hath a shrew to wife. 
As good it is to speak her faire 

as still to liue in strife. 

Put thou no Deuill in boote 

as once did master Shorne : 
Take heede as from madde bayted bull 

to keepe thee fro his home. 
And where ye see the Deuill 

so bold to wrest with lawe, 
Make conge oft, and crouch aloofe, 

but come not in his clawe. 



150 To light a cm I dell, etc. 

The scholer forth of schoole 

may boldlier take his mind, 
The fields haue eyes, the bushes eares, 

false birds can fetch the wind. 
The further from the gone 

the safer may ye skippe, 
The nerer to the carters hand 

the nerer to the whippe. 

The neerer to the whippe 

the sooner comes the jerke. 
The sooner that poore beast is strucke 

the sooner doth he yerke. 
Some loueth for to whippe, 

to see how ierkes will smart. 
In wofull taking is that horse 

that nedes must drawe in cart. 

Such fellow is the Deuell, 

that doth euen what he list, 
Yet thinketh he what ere he doth 

none ought dare say, but whist. 
Take therefore heed, my sonne, 

and marke full well this song, 
Learne thus with craft to claw the deuell, 

else Hue in rest not long. 



65. 

^ A sonet against a slanderous tongue. 

^ Chap. 54. 

[i] T\OTH darnell good, among the flowrie wheat? 
-L' Doo thistles good, so thick in fallow spide ? 
Doo taint wormes good, that lurke where ox should cat ? 
Or sucking drones, in hiue where bees abide ? 



A Sonet. 151 

[5] Doo hornets good, or these same biting gnats ? 

Foule swelling toades, what good by them is scene ? 
In house well deckt, what good doth gnawing rats ? 
Or casting mowles, among the meadowes grecne ? 
Doth heauie newes make glad the hart of man ? 
[10] Or noisome smels, what good doth that to health ? 
Now once for all, what good (shew who so can ?) 
Doo stinging^ snakes, to this our Commonwealth ? 

No more doth good a peeui'sh slanderous toiing, 
But hurts it selfe, and tioies both old and young. 



66. 

1i A sonet vpoii the Authors first seiien 
yeeres seruice. 

Chap. 55. 

[1] CJEUEN times hath Janus tane new yeere by hand, 
^ Seuen times hath blustring March blowne forth his 

powre : 
To driue out Aprils buds, by sea and land, 
For minion Male, to deck most trim with flowre. 

[5] Seuen times hath temperate Ver, like pageant plaide, 
And pleasant ^Estas eke hir flowers told : 
Seuen times Autumnes heate hath beene delaide, 
With Hyems boistrous blasts, and bitter cold. 
Seuen times the thirt^ene Moones haue changed hew, 
[10] Seuen times the Sunne his course hath gone about : 
Seuen times ech bird hir nest hath built anew. 
Since first time you to serue, I choosed out. 

Still yours am /, though thus the time hath past, 
And trust to he, as"^ long as life shall last. 

^ stinking. 1577. ^ so. 1577. 



1 5 2 Of iviuing and thriuing. 

67. 

I\Ian minded for to thriue 
must wisely lay to wiue. 
What hap may thereby fall 
here argued find ye shall. 

H The Authours Dialogue betweene two 

Bachelers, of wiuing and thriuing by Affir- 

matioii and Obiectioii. 

Chap. 56. 

Affirmation. 

[i] T^REND, where we met this other day, 
J- We heard one make his mone and say, 

Good Lord, how might I thriue } 
We heard an other answere him. 
Then make thee handsome, trick and trim, 

And lay in time to wiue. 

Obiection. 
[2] And what of that, say you to mee 1 
Do you your selfe thinke that to be 

The best way for to thriue } 
If truth were truely bolted out, 
As touching thrift, I stand in dout. 
If men were best to wiue. 

Affirmation. 

[3] There is no doubt, for proue I can, 
I haue but seldome seene that man 

Which could the way to thriue : 
Vntill it was his happie lot, 
To stay himselfe in some good plot. 

And wisely then to wiue. 



Of iviuing and thritiing. 153 

Ohiectio7i. 

[4] And I am of an other minde, 
For by no reason can I finde, 

How that way I should thriue : 
For where as now I spend a pennie, 
I should not then be quit with mennie. 
Through bondage for to wiue. 

Affirmatmi. 

[5] Not so, for now where thou dost spend, 
Of this and that, to no good end, 

Which hindereth thee to thriue : 
Such vaine expences thou shouldst saue. 
And daily then lay more to haue, 

As others do that wiue. 

Ohieciion. 

[6] Why then do folke this prouerbe put, 
The blacke oxe neare trod on thy fut, 

If that way were to thriue ? 
Hereout a man may soone picke forth. 
Few feeleth what a pennie is worth, 

Till such time as they wiue. 

Affirmatioji. 

[7] It may so chaunce as thou doest say, 
This lesson therefore beare away, 

If thereby thou wilt thriue : 
Looke ere thou leape, see ere thou go. 
It may be for thy profite so. 
For thee to lay to wiue. 

Oliection. 

[8] It is too much we dailie heare, 

To wiue and thriue both in a yeare, 
As touching now to thriue : 



1-54 Of willing and tJirining. 

I know not herein what to spie, 
But that there doth small profitc lie, 
To fansie for to wiue. 

Affinnaiion. 

[9] In deede the first yeare oft is such, 
That fondly some bestoweth much, 

A let to them to thriue : 
Yet other moe may soone be founde, 
Which getteth many a faire pounde, 

The same day that they wiue. 

Obiection. 

[10] I graunt some getteth more that day, 
Than they can easily beare away, 

Nowe needes then must they thriue : 
What gaineth such thinke you by that ? 
A little burden, you wote what, 

Through fondnesse for to wiue. 

Affirmation. 

[11] Thou seemest blinde as mo haue bin, 
It is not beautie bringeth in 

The thing to make thee thriue : 
In womankinde, see that ye do 
Require of hir no gift but two, 
When ere ye minde to wiue. 

Obiection. 

[12] But two, say you } I pray you than 
Shew those as briefly as you can, 

If that may helpe to thriue : 
I weene we must conclude anon, 
Of those same twaine to want the ton. 

When ere we chance to wiue. 



Of zviuing mid tJiriiiing. 1 5 5 

Affinnation. 
\ \ ■(] An honest husv/ife, trust to mee, Honestie 

\- •> -i ' and hus- 

Be those same twaine, I say to thee, wifene. 

That helpe so much to thriue : 
As honestie farre passeth golde, 
So huswiferie in yong and olde, 

Do pleasure such as wiue. 

Oliection. 
[14] The honestie in deede I graunt, 

Is one good point the wife should haunt, 

To make hir husband thriue : 
But now faine would I haue you show, 
How should a man good huswife know, 
If once he hap to wiue ? 

Affirmation. 
[15] A huswife good betimes will rise, 
And order things in comelie wise, 

Hir minde is set to thriue : 
Vpon hir distaffe she will spinne, 
And with hir needle she will winne. 
If such ye hap to wiue. 

Oliection. 
[16] It is not idle going about, 

Nor all day pricking on a clout. 

Can make a man to thriue : 
Or if there be no other winning. 
But that the wife gets by hir spinning, 
Small thrift it is to wiue. 

Affinnation. 
[17] Some more than this yet do shee^ shall. 
Although thy stocke be verie small, 
Yet will shee helpe thee thriue : 

^ they. 1577. 



156 Of zviuing and thrilling. 

Lay thou' to saue, as well as she, 
And then thou shalt- enriched be, 
When such thou hapst' to wiue. 

Ohiection. 

[18] If she were mine, I tell thee troth, 
Too much to trouble hir I were loth. 

For greedines to thriue : 
Least some should talke, as is the speech, 
The good wiues husband weares no breech, 

If such I hap to wiue. 

Affirmation. 

[19] What hurts it thee what some do say, 
If honestlie she take the way 

To helpe thee for to thriue ? 
For honestie will make hir prest, 
To doo the thing that shall be best. 
If such ye hap to wiue. 

Ohiection. 

[20] Why did Diogenes say than. 

To one that askt of him time whan. 

Were best to wiue to thriue .-^ 
Not yet (quoth* he) if thou be yong. 
If thou waxe old, then holde thy tong, 

It is too late to wiue. 

Affirmation. 

[21] Belike he kneAv^ some shrewish wife, 

Which with hir husband made such strife. 
That hindered him to thriue : 

'you. 1577. ^2 you shall. 1577. 

^ you hap. 1577. * quod. 1577. 



Of iviidng and thrilling. 157 

Who then may blame him for that clause, 
Though then he spake as some had cause, 
As touching for to wiue ? 

Obiection. 

[22] Why then I see to take a shrew, 
(As seldome other there be few) 

Is not the way to thriue : 
So hard a thing I spie it is. 
The good to chuse, the shrew to mis, 
That feareth me to wiue. 

Affirmation. 

[23] She may in something seeme a shrew, 
Yet such a huswife as but few, 
To helpe thee for to thriue : 
This prouerbe looke in mind ye keepe. 
As good a shrew is as a sheepe, 
For you to take to wiue. 

Obi'ectioti. 

[24] Now be she lambe or be she eaw, 

Giue me the sheepe, take thou the shreaw, 

See which of vs shall thriue : 
If she be shrewish thinke for troth, 
For all her thrift I would be loth 

To match with such to wiue. 

Affirmation. 

[25] Tush, farewell then, I leaue you off. 
Such fooles as you that loue to scoff. 

Shall seldome wiue to thriue : 
Contrarie hir, as you do me. 
And then ye shall, I warrant ye, 

Repent ye if ye wiue. 



1 5 8 Of zviuing and tJiriiihig. 

Ohicction. 

[26] Friend, let vs both giue iustly place, 
To wedded man to iudge this cace, 

Which best way is to thriue : 
For both our talke as seemeth plaine, 
Is but as hapneth in our braine, 

To will or not to wiue. 

\ Wedded mans iudgevient 
Vpon the former argument. 

Moderator. [27] As Cock that wauts his mate, goes rouing all about, 
With crowing early and late, to find his louer out : 
And as poore sillie hen, long wanting cock to guide, 
Soone droopes and shortly then beginnes to peake aside : 
Euen so it is with man and wife, where gouernment is 

found. 
The want of ton the others life doth shortly soone con- 
found. 

[28] In iest and in earnest, here argued ye finde. 

That husband and huswife togither must dwell. 
And thereto the iudgement of wedded mans minde. 
That husbandrie otherwise speedeth not well : 
So somewhat more nowe I intende for to tell. 
Of huswiferie like as of husbandrie tolde, 
How huswifelie huswife helpes bring in the golde. 



Thus cndcth the booke of 
Husbandrie. 



[Finis (1577)-] 



Tlie Epistle. 



159 



The points of Huswiferie, vnited to 
the comfort of Husbandrie, newly cor- 

rected and amplified, with diuers good 

lessons for hous holders to recreate tJie 

Reader, as by the Table at the end 

hereof more plamlie may 

appeere. 

Set forth by Thomas Tusser Gentleman. 



68. 



To the right Honorable and my especiall 
good Ladie and Maistres, the 

Ladie Pag^et. 



T 



hough danger be mickle, 
and fauour so fickle, 
Yet dutie doth tickle 

my fansie to wright : 
Concerning how prettie, 
how fine and how nettie. 
Good huswife should iettie,^ 

from morning to night. 



2 Not minding^ by writing, 
to kindle a spiting. 
But shew by enditing, 

as afterward told : 
How husbandrie easeth, 
to huswiferie pleaseth. 
And manie purse greaseth 

with siluer and gold. 



1 yettie. 1557. 



- minded. 1577. 



i6o 



TJie Epistle. 



3 For husbandrie \V(5epeth, 
where huswiferie sl6epeth, 
And hardly he cr6epeth, 

vp ladder to thrift : 
That wanteth to bold him, 
thrifts ladder to hold him, 7 
Before it be told him, 

he falles without shift. 

4 Least many should feare me, 
and others forsweare me, 
Of troth I doo beare me 

vpright as ye s6e : 
Full minded to looue all, 
and not to reprooue all, i 

But onely to mooue all, 

good huswiues to bee. 

5 For if I should mind some, 
or descant behind some, 
And missing to find some, 

displease so I mought: 
Or if I should blend them, 
and so to offend them, c 

What stur I should send them 

I stand in a dought. 

6 Though harmles ye' make it 
and some doo well take it. 
If others forsake it, 

W'hat pleasure were that ? 



Naught else but to paine me, 
and nothing to gaine me, 
But make them disdaine me 
I wot ner for what. 

Least some make a triall, 
as clocke by the diall. 
Some stand to deniall, 

some murmur and grudge : 
Giue iudgement I pray you, 
for iustlie so may you, 
So fansie, so say you, 

I make you my iudge. 

In time, ye shall try me, 
by troth, ye shall spy me. 
So finde, so set by me, 

according to skill : 
How euer tr6e groweth, 
the fruit the trde showeth. 
Your Ladiship knoweth, 

my hart and good will. 

Thogh fortune doth measure, 
and I doo lacke treasure. 
Yet if I may pleasure 

your Honour with this : 
Then will me to mend it, 
or mend er ye send it. 
Or any where lend it, 

if ou2:ht be amis. 



Your Ladiships Seruant, 
Tho7nas Tusscr. 



I. 1577. 



To tJie Reader. i6i 

69. 

1[ To the Reader} 

1 IVrOW listen, good huswiues, what dooings are here 
^ set foorth for a daie, as it should for a yere. 
Both easie to follow, and soone to atchiue, 

for such as by huswiferie looketh to thriue. 

2 The forenoone affaires, till dinner (with some,) 

then after noone dooings, till supper time come. 
With breakfast and dinner time, sup, and to bed, 
standes orderlie placed, to quiet thine hed. 

3 The meaning is this, for a daie what ye see, 

that monthlie and yeerlie continued must bee. 
And hereby to gather (as prooue I intend), 
that huswiuelie matters haue neuer an end. 

4 I haue not, by heare say, nor reading in booke, 

set out (peraduenture) that some cannot brooke, 
Nor yet of a spite, to be dooing with enie, 
but such as haue skared me many a penie. 

5 If widow, both huswife and husband may be, 

what cause hath a widower lesser than she ? 
Tis needfull that both of them looke well about : 
too careles within, and too lasie without. 

6 Now therefore, if well ye consider of this, 

what losses and crosses comes dailie amis. 
Then beare with a widowers pen as ye may : 

though husband of huswiferie somewhat doth say. 

1 "First introduced in the edition of 1580" (M.). 

11 



1 62 The preface, etc. 



70. 



T 



1 The Preface to the booke of 
Httswiferie. 

AKE weapon away, of what force is a man ? 

Take huswife from husband, and what is he than ? 



2 As louers desireth together to dwell, 

So husbandrie loueth good huswiferie well. 

3 Though husbandrie seemeth to bring in the gaines, 
Yet huswiferie labours seeme equall in paines. 

4 Some respit to husbands the weather may send. 
But huswiues affaires haue neuer an end. 



71. 

As true as thy faith, 
Thus huswiferie saith. 



The praise [ i ] T SER UE for a daic, for a weekc, for a ye re, 
wiferie. For life time, for euer, while man dwelleth here. 

For richer, for poorer, from North to the South, 
For honest, for hardhead, or daintie of mouth. 
[5] For wed and vnwedded, in sicknes and health, 
For all that luell liueth, in good Commonwealth. 
For citie, for countrie, for Court, and for cart. 
To quiet the head, and to comfort the hart. 



A description, etc. 163 

72. 

1 A description of Huswife and 
Huswiferie. 

1 /^F huswife doth huswiferie challenge that name, 
" of huswiferie huswife doth likewise the same, 
Where husband and husbandrie ioineth with thease, 

there wealthines gotten is holden with ease. 

2 The name of a huswife what is it to say ? 

the wife of the house, to the husband a stay. 
If huswife doth that, as belongeth to hur : 
if husband be godlie,^ there needeth no stur. 

3 The huswife is she that to labour doth fall, 

the labour of hir I doo huswiferie call. 
If thrift by that labour be honestlie- got : 
then is it good huswiferie, else is it not. 

4 The woman the name of a huswife doth win, 

by keeping hir house, and of dooings therein. 
And she that with husband will quietly dwell, 
must thinke on this lesson, and follow it well. 

[Finis (1577)-] 



73. 

InstrMctioiis to Huswiferie. 

Serue God is the furst, 
True loue is not wurst. 

1 i DAILIE good lesson, of huswife in deede, 
-^^ is God to remember, the better to speede. 

2 An other good lesson, of huswiferie thought, 

is huswife with husband to Hue as she ought. 

^ wittie. 1577. Qi. post, ch. loo, st. 6. - be sued or got. 1577. 



164 Instructions to Huswiferie. 

Wife comely no griefe, 
Man out, huswife chiefe. 

3 Though trickly to see to, be gallant to wiue, 

yet comely and wise is the huswife to thriue. 

4 When husband is absent, let huswife be chiefe, 

and looke to their labour that eateth hir biefe. 

Both out not allow, 
Keepe house huswife thow. 

5 Where husband and huswife be both out of place, 

there seruants doo loiter, and reason their cace. 

6 The huswife so named (of keeping the house,) 

must tend on hir profit, as cat on the mouse. 

Seeke home for rest, 
For home is best. 

7 As huswiues keepe home, and be stirrers about, 

so speedeth their winnings, the yeere thorow out. 

8 Though home be but homely, yet huswife is taught, 

that home hath no fellow to such as haue aught. 

H Vse all with skill, 
Aske what ye will. 

9 Good vsage with knowledge, and quiet withall, 

make huswife to shine, as the sunne on the wall. 

10 What husband refuseth all comely to haue, 

that hath a good huswife, all willing to saue. 

Be readie at neede, 
All thine to feede. 

1 1 The case of good huswiues, thus daily doth stand, 

what euer shall chance, to be readie at hand. 

12 This care hath a huswife all dale in hir hed, 

that all thing in season be huswifelie fed. 

By practise go muse. 
How houshold to vse. 

13 Dame practise is she that to huswife doth tell, 

which way for to gouerne hir familie well. 

14 Vse labourers gently, keepe this as a lawe, 

make childe to be ciuill, keepe seruant in awe. 



Instructions to Huswifcrie. 165 

WTio careles doe Hue, 
Occasion doe giue. 

1 5 Haue euerie where a respect to thy waies, 

that none of thy life any slander may raies. 

1 6 What many doo knowe, though a time it be hid, 

at length will abrode, when a mischiefe shall bid. 

No neighbour reprooue. 
Doe so to haue looue. 

17 The loue of thy neighbour shall stand thee in steede, 

the poorer, the gladder, to helpe at a neede. 

18 Vse friendly thy neighbour, else trust him in this, 

as he hath thy friendship, so trust vnto his. 

IT Strike nothing vnknowne, 
Take heede to thine owne. 

1 9 Reuenge not thy wrath vpon any mans beast, 

least thine by like malice be bid to like feast. 

20 What husband prouideth with monie his drudge, 

the huswife must looke to, which waie it doth trudge. 



74. 

A digressioji. 

[i] IVT^^^'^' °^^' °^ '^^ matter, this lesson I ad, 

-L ' concerning cock crowing, what profit is had. 
Experience teacheth, as true as a clock : 

how winter night passeth, by marking the cock. 

[2] Cock croweth at midnight, times few aboue six, 

with pause to his neighbour, to answere betwix. 
At three a clock thicker, and then as ye knowe, 
like all in to Mattens, neere dale they doo crowe. 

[3] At midnight, at three, and an hower ere day, Cocke 

crowing. 

they vtter their language, as well as they may. 

Which who so regardeth what counsell they giue, 

will better loue crowing, as long as they Hue. 



1 66 Cock crowing. 

For being afraid, 
Take heede good maid : 
Marke crowing of cock, 
For feare of a knock. 

[4] \ The first cock croiveth. 

Ho, Dame it is midnight : what rumbling is that ? 

The next cock croweth.^ 
Take heede to false harlots, and more, ye wot what. 

If noise ye heare, 
Looke all be cleare : 
Least drabs doe noie thee. 
And theeues destroie thee. 

[ 5 ] % The first cock croweth . 

Maides, three a clock, knede, lay your bucks, or go brew, 

The next cock croweth. ^ 
And cobble and botch, ye that cannot buie new. 

Till cock crow agen, 
Both maidens and men : 
Amend now with speede, 
That mending doth neede.'^ 

[6] ^ The first cock croweth. 

Past fiue a clock. Holla : maid, sleeping beware. 

The next cock croweth.^ 
Least quickly your INIistres vncouer your bare. 

Maides, vp I beseech yee, 
Least Mistres doe breech yee : 
To worke and away, 
As fast as ye may. 



' showeth. 1577. 

^ Both mayden and man 

mend now what ye can. 

Leave gibber gabber 

mend slibber slabber. 1577. 



Huswiferie, 167 

75. 

^ Huswiferie. 

[Now listen, good huswiues, what doings are here 
set out for a day as it should for a yere. 1577.] 

•[[ Morning workes} 

No sooner some vp, 
But nose is in cup. 

1 P\ ET vp in the morning as soone as thou wilt, 
^ with ouerlong slugging good seruant is spilt. 

2 Some slouens from sleeping no sooner get vp, 
but hand is in aumbrie, and nose in the cup. 

That early is donne, 
Count huswifely wonne. 

3 Some worke in the morning may trimly be donne, Morning 
that all the day after can hardly be wonne. 

4 Good husband without it is needfull there be, 
good huswife within as needfull as he. 

Cast dust into yard, 
And spin and go card. 

5 Sluts corners auoided shall further thy health, 
much time about trifles shall hinder thy wealth. 

6 Set some to peele hempe or else rishes to twine, 
to spin and to card, or to seething of brine. 

Grind mault for drinke, 
See meate do not stinke. 

7 Set some about cattle, some pasture to vewe, 
some mault to be grinding against ye do brewe. 

8 Some corneth, some brineth, some will not be taught, 
where meate is attainted, there cookrie is naught. 

1 This and other sub-titles are not in 1577. 



i68 



Husiuiferie. 



Breakefast. 



76. 

IF Breakefast doings. 

To breakefast that come, 
Giue erie one some. 

1 /^ALL seruants to breakefast by day starre appere, 
^ a snatch and to worke, fellowes tarrie not here. 

2 Let huswife be earner, let^ pottage be heate, 

a messe to eche one, with a morsell of meate. 

No more tittle tattle, 
Go seme your cattle. 

3 What tacke in a pudding, saith greedie gut wringer, 
giue such ye wote what, ere a pudding he finger. 

4 Let seruants once serued, thy cattle go serue, 
least often ill seruing- make cattle to sterue. 



Thee for 
thriue. 



77. 

IF Huswifely admonitions. 

Leame you that will thee. 
This lesson of mee.^ 

1 IVTO breakefast of custome prouide for to saue, 
^ but onely for such as deserueth to haue. 

2 No shewing of seruant what vittles in store, 
shew seruant his labour, and shew him no more. 

Of hauocke beware, 
Cat nothing will spare. 

3 Where all thing is common, what needeth a hutch 
where wanteth a sauer, there hauocke is mutch. 

4 Where window is open, cat maketh a fray, 

yet wilde cat with two legs is worse by my fay. 



' see. 1577. 

2 How daintie some be. 1573. 



Huswifcrie. 169 

Looke well vnto thine, 
Slut slouthfull must whine. 

5 An eie in a corner who vseth to haue, 
reuealeth a drab, and preuenteth a knaue. 

6 Make maide to be clenly, or make hir crie creake, 

and teach hir to stirre, when hir mistresse doth speake. 

Let hollie wand threate, 
Let fisgig be beate. 

7 A wand in thy hand, though ye fight not at all, 
makes youth to their businesse better to fall. 

8 For feare of foole had I wist ^ cause thee to waile, 
let fisgig be taught to shut doore after taile. 

Too easie the wicket. 
Will still appease clicket. 

9 With hir that will clicket make daunger to cope, 
least quickly hir wicket seeme easie to ope. 

10 As rod little mendeth where maners be spilt, 

so naught will be naught say and do what thou wilt. 

Fight seldome ye shall 
But vse not to brail. 

1 1 Much bralling with seruant, what man can abide t 
pay home when thou fightest, but loue not to chide. 

1 2 As order is heauenly where quiet is had, 
so error is hell, or a mischiefe as bad. 

What better a lawe. 
Than subjects in awe ? 

1 3 Such awe as a warning will cause to beware, 
doth make the whole houshold the better to fare. 

14 The lesse of thy counsell thy seruants doe knowe, 
Their dutie the better such seruants shall showe. 



' "A wise man saith not, had I wist." — Uncertain Author in TotteVs 
Miscellany (p. 244, Arber's ed.). 



1 70 Hiiswiferie. 

Good musicke regard, 
Good seruants reward. 

15 Such seruants are oftenest painfull and good, 
that sing in their labour, as birdes in the wood. 

16 Good seruants hope iustly some friendship to feele, 
and looke to haue fauour what time they do weele. 

By once or twise 
Tis time to be wise. 

17 Take runagate Robin, to pitie his neede, 
and looke to be filched, as sure as thy creede. 

1 8 Take warning by once, that a worse do not hap, 
foresight is the stopper of many a gap. 

Some change for a shift. 
Oft change, small thrift. 

19 Make fewe of thy counsell to change for the best, 
least one that is trudging infecteth the rest. 

20 The stone that is rolling can gather no mosse, 
for maister and seruant, oft changing is losse. 

Both liberall sticketh, 
Some prouender pricketh. 

Oneiiberaii. 2 1 One dog for a hog, and one cat for a mouse, 

one readie to giue is ynough in a house : 

22 One gift ill accepted, keepe next in thy purse, 

whom prouender pricketh are often the wurse. 



78. 

1 Brewing. 

Brew somewhat for thine, 
Else bring vp no swine. 

r.rewing. , XTTHERE brewing is needfull, be brewer thy selfe, 

' ' what filleth the roofe will helpe furnish the shelfe 
2 In buieng of drinke, by the firkin or pot, 
the tallie ariseth, but hog amendes not.^ 

^ Score quickely ariseth, hog profitelh not. 1577. 



Huswiferie. 



171 



Well brewed, worth cost, 
111 vsed, halfe lost. 

3 One bushell well brewed, outlasteth some twaine, 
and saueth both mault, and expences in vaine.^ 

4 Too new is no profite, too stale is as bad, 
drinke dead or else sower makes laborer sad. 

Remember good Gill, 
Take paine with thy swill. 

5 Seeth grains in more water, while grains be yet hot, 
and stirre them in copper, as poredge in pot. 

6 Such heating with straw, to haue offall good store, 
both pleaseth and easeth, what would ye haue more .^ 



Seething 
of graines. 



79. 

1 Baking. 

Newe bread is a driuell. 
Much crust is as euill. 

1 "VTEW bread is a waster, but mouldie is wurse, Baking. 
-^ ' what that way dog catcheth, that loseth the purse. 

2 Much dowebake I praise not, much crust is as ill, 
the meane is the Huswife, say nay if ye will. 



80. 

1 Cookerie. 

Good cookerie craueth, 
Good turnebroch saueth. 

1 r\ OOD cooke to dresse dinner, to bake and to brewe, Cookene. 
^ deserues a rewarde, being honest and trewe. 

2 Good diligent turnebroch and trustie withall, 
is sometime as needfull as some in the hall. 



Two troubles for nothing, is cost to no gaine. 1577- 



Dairie. 



1 7 2 Huswiferie. 

81. 

^ Dairie. 

Good dairie doth pleasure, 
111 dairie spendes treasure. 

1 r^ OOD huswife in dairie, that needes not be tolde, 
^ deserueth hir fee to be paid hir in golde. 

2 111 seruant neglecting what huswiferie saies, 
deserueth hir fee to be paid hir with bales. 

Good droie woorth much.^ 
Marke sluts and such. 

3 Good droie to serue hog, to helpe wash, and to milke, 
more needfull is truelie than some in their silke. 

4 Though homelie be milker, let cleanlie be cooke, 
for a slut and a slouen be knowne by their looke. 



Traps for 

rats. 



In dairie no cat, 
Laie bane for a rat. 

5 Though cat (a good mouser) doth dwell in a house, 
yet euer in dairie haue trap for a mouse. 

6 Take heede how thou laiest the bane for the rats, 
for poisoning seruant, thy selfe and thy brats. 



82. 

1 Scouring. 

No scouring for pride, 
Spare kettle whole side. 

.Scouring. 1 fTlHOUGH scouring be needfull, yet scouring too mutch, 

J- is pride without profit, and robbeth- thine hutch. 
2 Keepe kettles from knocks, set tubs out of Sun, 
for mending is costlie, and crackt is soone dun. 



^ Though droy be, etc. 1577- 



2 rubbeth. 1573, 1577- 



Huswiferie. 173 

83. 

Washing. 

Take heede when ye wash, 
Else run in the lash. 

1 "1 TAIDS, wash well and wring well, but beat ye wot how, Washing. 
-^'-L if any lack beating, I feare it be yow. 

2 In washing by hand, haue an eie to thy boll, 
for launders and millers, be quick of their toll. 

Drie siinne, drie winde. 
Safe binde, safe finde. 

3 Go wash well, sailh Sommer, with sunne I shall drie, 
go wring well, saith Winter, with winde so shall I. 

4 To trust without heede is to venter a ioint, 
giue tale and take count, is a huswifelie point. 

Where many be packing, 
Are manie things lacking. 

5 Where hens fall a cackling, take heede to their nest, 
where drabs fall a whispring, take heede to the rest. 

6 Through negligent huswifes, are many things lacking, 
and Gillet suspected will quickly be packing. 

84. 

Malting. 

Ill malting is theft. 
Wood dride hath a weft. 

1 TTOUSE may be so handsome, and skilfulnes such. Malting. 
-*-J- to make thy owne malt, it shall profit thee much. 

2 Som drieth with strawe, and some drieth with wood, 
wood asketh more charge, and nothing so good. 

Take heede to the kell, 
Sing out as a bell. 

3 Be suer no chances to fier can drawe, 

the wood, or the furzen, the brake or the strawe. 

4 Let Gillet be singing, it doth verie well, 

to keepe hir from sleeping and burning the kell. 



1 74 Huszviferie. 

Best dride best speedes, 
111 kept, bcrvvd breedea. 

5 Malt being well speered, the more it will cast, 
malt being well dried, the longer will last. 

6 Long kept in ill soller, (vndoubted thou shalt,) 
through bowds without number loose quickly thy malt. 

85. 

1i Dinner matters. 

For hunger or thirst, 
Serue cattle well first. 

Dinnertime. ' "R^ nooHC sec your dinner, be readie and neate, 

-■-' let meate tarrie seruant, not seruant his meate. 

2 Plough cattle a baiting, call seruant to dinner, 

the thicker togither, the charges the thinner. 

Togither is best, 
For hostis and gest. 

3^ Due season is best, altogither is gay, 

dispatch hath no fellow, make short and away. 

4- Beware of Gill laggoose, disordring thy house, 
mo dainties who catcheth, than craftie fed mouse ! 

Let such haue ynough. 
That follow the plough. 

5 Giue seruant no dainties, but giue him ynough, 
too many chaps walking, do begger the plough. 

6 Poore seggons halfe starued worke faintly and dull, 
and lubbers doo loiter, their bellies too full. 

Giue neuer too much. 
To lazie and such. 

7 Feede lazie that thresheth a flap and a tap, 
like slothfull, that all day be stopping a gap. 

8 Some litherly lubber more eateth than twoo, 
yet leaueth vndone that another will doo. 

' Stanzas 3-12 are not in 1577. 



Huswiferie. 



175 



Where nothing will last, 
Spare such as thou hast. 

9 Some cutteth thy linnen, some spoileth^ their broth, 

bare table to some doth as well as a cloth. 

10 Treene dishes be homely, and yet not to lack, 
where stone is no laster take tankard and iack. 

Knap boy on the thums. 
And saue him his crums. 

1 1 That pewter is neuer for manerly feastes, 
that daily doth serue so vnmanerly beastes. 

1 2 Some gnaweth and leaueth, some crusts and some crums, 
eat such their own leuings, or gnaw their own thums. 

Serue God euer furst, 
Take nothing at wurst, 

1 3 At Dinner, at Supper, at morning, at night, 
giue thankes vnto God, for his gifts so in^ sight. 

14 Good husband and huswife, will sometime alone, 
make shift with a morsell and picke of a bone. 

Inough thou art tolde. 
Too much will not liolde. 

15 Three dishes well dressed, and welcome withall, 
both pleaseth thy friend and becommeth thine hall. 

1 6 Enough is a plentie, too much is a pride, 
the plough with ill holding, goes quicklie aside. 



Grace 
before and 
after meate. 



86. 

1 Afternoone workes. 

Make companie breake, 
Go cherish the weake. 

1 TTTHEN Dinner is ended, set seruants to wurke, 

' * and follow such fellowes^ as loueth to lurke. 

2 To seruant in sicknesse see nothing ye grutch, 
a thine: of a trifle shall comfort him mutch. 



Afternoone 
workes. 



' spilleth. 1577. 



• in thy. 1577. 



^ marchants. 1577- 



1/6 Hnszviferie. 

Who manie do feede, 
Saue much they had neede. 

3 Put chippings in dippings, vse parings to saue, 
fat capons or chickens that lookest to haue. 

4 Saue droppings and skimmings, how euer ye doo, 
for medcine for cattell, for cart and for shoo. 

Leane capon vnmeete, 
Deere fed is vnsweete. 

5 Such ofcorne as commeth giue wife to hir fee, 
feede willingly such as do helpe to feede thee. 

6 Though fat fed is daintie, yet this I thee warne, 
be cunning in fatting for robbing thy barne. 

Peece hole to defende. 
Things timely amende. 

7 Good semsters be sowing of fine pretie knackes, 
good huswifes be mending and peecing their sackes. 

8 Though making and mending be huswifely waies, 
yet mending in time is the huswife to praies. 

Bale newe as is meete, 
Marke blanket and sheete. 

9 Though Ladies may rend and buie new ery day, 
good huswifes must mend and buie new as they may, 

10 Call quarterly seruants to court and to leete, 
write euerie Couerlet, Blanket, and Sheete. 

Shift slouenly elfe, 
Le gayler thy selfe. 

1 1 Though shifting too oft be a theefe in a house, 
yet shift slut and slouen for feare of a louse. 

12 Graunt doubtfuU no key of his chamber in purse, 
least chamber doore lockt be to theeuerie a nurs^. 

Saue feathers for gest, 
These other rob chest. 

Saue 1 3 Saue wing for a thresher, when Gander doth die, 

saue feather of all thing, the softer to lie. 

14 Much spice is a theefe, so is candle and fier, 

sweete sauce is as craftie as euer was frier. 



Hiiszviferie. 177 

Wife make thine owne candle, 
Spare pennie to handle. 

15 Prouide for thy tallow, ere frost commeth in, Candle 

making. 

and make thine owne candle, ere winter begin. 

16 If pennie for all thing be suffred to trudge, 

trust long, not to pennie, to haue him thy drudge. 



87. 

H Etiening workes. 

Time drawing to night. 
See all things go right. 

1 TT7"HEN hennes go to roost go in hand to dresse meate, Euening 

' * serue hogs and to milking and some to serue neate. 

2 Where twaine be ynow, be not serued with three, 
more knaues in a companie worser they bee. 

Make lackey to trudge, 
Make seruant thy drudge. 

3 For euerie trifle leaue ianting thy nag, 

but rather make lackey of Jack boie thy wag. 

4 Make seruant at night lug in wood or a log, 
let none come in emptie but slut and thy dog. 

False knaue readie prest. 
All safe is the best. 

5 Where pullen vse nightly to pearch in the yard, 
there two legged foxes keepe watches and ward. 

6 See cattle well serued, without and within, 
and all thing at quiet ere supper begin. 

Take heede it is needeful. 
True pittie is meedeful. 

7 No clothes in garden, no trinkets without, 
no doore leaue vnbolted, for feare of a dout. 

8 Thou woman whom pitie becommeth the best, 
graunt all that hath laboured time to take rest. 

12 



178 Huswiferie. 

88. 

1 Snpper matters. 



Vse mirth and good woorde, 
At bed and at boorde. 

Supper time i T^ROUIDE for thv husband, to make him g-ood cheerc, 

huswiferie. w~ 

-L make merrie togither, while time ye be heere. 

2 At bed and at boord, howsoeuer befall, 
what euer God sendeth be merrie withall. 



' No brawling make, 

No ielousie take, 

3 No taunts before seruants, for hindring of fame, 
no iarring too loude for auoyding of shame. 

4 As fransie and heresie roueth togither, 

so iealousie leadeth a foole ye wot whither. 



Tend such as ye haue. 
Stop talkatiue knaue. 

5 Yong children and chickens would euer be eating, 
good seruants looke dulie for gentle intreating. 

6 No seruant at table vse sausly to talke, 

least tonsfue set at large out of measure do walke. 



No snatching at all, 
Sirs, hearken now all. 

7 No lurching, no snatching, no striuing at all, 
least one go without and another haue all. 

8 Declare after Supper, take heede therevnto, 
what worke in the morninir ech seruant shall do. 



Huszvifcrie. 179 

89. 

After Slipper matters. 



Thy soule hath a clog 
Forget not thy dog. 



1 T) EMEMBER those children whose parents be poore, Workes 

■~^ ^ttcr sup 

J-^^ which hunger, yet dare not craue^ at thy doore. 

2 Thy Bandog that serueth for diuerse mishaps, 
forget not to giue him thy bones and thy scraps. 

Make keies to be keepers. 
To bed ye sleepers. 

3 Where mouthes be many, to spend that thou hast, 
set keies to be keepers, for spending too fast. 

4 To bed after supper let drousie go sleepe, 

least knaue in the darke to his marrow do creepe. 

Keepe keies as thy life, 
Feare candle good wife. 

5 Such keies lay vp safe, ere ye take ye to rest, 
of dairie, of buttrie, of cubboord and chest. 

6 Feare candle in hailoft, in barne, and in shed, 

feare flea smocke and mendbreech, for burning their bed. 

See doore lockt fast, 
Two keies make wast. 

7 A doore without locke is a baite for a knaue, 
a locke without key is a foole that will haue. 

8 One key to two locks, if it breake is a greefe, 
two keies to one locke in the ende is a theefe. 

Night workes troubles hed, 
Locke doores and to bed. 

9 The day willeth done whatsoeuer ye bid, 

the night is a theefe, if ye take not good hid. 

10 Wash dishes, lay leauens, saue fire and away, 
locke doores and to bed, a good huswife will say. 

^ to. 1577. 



i8o 



Huswiferie. 



To bed know thy guise, 
To rise do likewise. 



Bed time. 



1 1 In winter at nine, and in sommer at ten, 
to bed after supper both maidens and men. 
Time to rise. 12 In winter at fine a clocke, seniant arise, 
in sommer at foure is verie ffood sfuise. 



Loue so as ye may 
Loue many a day. 

13 Be lowly not sollen, if ought go amisse, 

what wresting may loose thee, that winne with a kisse. 

14. Both beare and forebeare now and then as ye may, 
then, wench God a mercie, thy husband will say. 



90. 

IT The plotighrnans feasting dales. 

This would not be slept, 
Old guise must be kept. 

I r\ OOD huswiues, whom God hath enriched ynough, 
^ forget not the feastes that belong to the plough. 
The meaning is onelie to ioie and be glad, 
for comfort with labour is fit to be had. 



Leicester- 
shire. 



Plough Monday. 
2 Plough INIonday, next after that Twclftide is past, 

bids out with the plough, the woorst husband is last. 
If ploughman get hatchet or whip to the skreene, 
maides loseth their cock if no water be scene. 



Essex and 
Suffolke. 



Shroftide. 
3 At Shroftide to shrouing, go thresh the fat hen, 
if blindfild can kill hir, then giue it thy men. 
Maides, fritters and pancakes ynow see ye make 
let slut haue one pancake, for companie sake. 



Hiiswiferie. 



i8i 



Sheepe shearing. 
4 Wife make vs a dinner, spare flesh neither come, 

make wafers and cakes, for our sheepe must be shorne. 
At sheepe shearing neighbours none other thing craue, 
but good cheere and welcome like neighbours to haue. 



Northamp- 
tonshire. 



The wake clay. 

5 Fill ouen full of flawnes, Ginnie passe not for sleepe, 
to morow thy father his wake day will keepe. 
Then euerie wanton may daunce at hir will, 

both Tomkin with Tomlin, and Jankin with Gill. 



Leicester- 
shire. 



Haruest home. 

6 For all this good feasting, yet art thou not loose, 

till ploughman thou giuest his haruest home goose. 
Though goose go in stubble, I passe not for that, 
let goose haue a goose, be she leane, be she fat. 



Seede cake. 

7 Wife, some time this weeke, if the wether hold cleere, 

an end of wheat sowing we make for this yeere. 

Remember you therefore though I doo it not : 

the seede Cake, the Pasties, and Furmentie pot. 



Essex and 
Suffolke. 



Twise a week roast. 

8 Good ploughmen looke weekly, of custome and right, 
for roast meat on Sundaies and Thursdaies at night. 
This dooing and keeping such custome and guise, 
they call thee good huswife, they louc thee likewise. 



1 82 Hiiswiferie. 

91. 

H The good huswifelie 
Physicke. 

[i] r\ OOD huswiues prouides, ere an sicknes doo come, 
^ of sundrie good things in hir house to haue some. 
Good Aqua composita, Vineger tart, 

Rose water and treakle, to comfort the hart. 

[2] Cold herbes in hir garden for agues that burne, 

that ouer strong heat to good temper may turne. 
While Endiue and Suckerie, with Spinnage ynough, 
all such with good pot herbes should follow the plough. 

[3] Get water of Fumentorie, Liuer to coole, 

and others the like, or els lie like a foole. 
Conserue of the Barberie, Quinces and such, 
with Sirops that easeth the sickly so much. 

PhysitioD. [|_^j Askc Mcdicus counscll, ere medcine ye make, 
and honour that man, for necessities sake. 
Though thousands hate physick, because of the cost, 
yet thousands it helpeth, that else should be lost. 

Good diet. [5] Good broth and good keeping do much now and than, 
good diet with wisedome best comforteth man. 
In health to be stirring shall profit th^e best, 
in sicknes hate trouble, seeke quiet and rest. 



Thinke on [6] Remember thy soule, let no fansie preuaile, 

and haue a make rcadic to Godward, let faith neuer quaile. 



good hope. 



The sooner thy selfe thou submittest to God, 
the sooner he ceaseth to scourge with his rod. 



Huswiferie. 183 



92. 



IF The good motherlie 
nurserie. 



[i]/^ OOD huswiues take paine, and doo count it good luck, 
^ to make their owne brest their owne childe to giue suck. 
Though wrauling and rocking be noisome so neare, 
yet lost by ill nursing is woorser to heare. 

[2] But one thing I warne thee, let huswife be nurse, 

least husband doo find thee too franke with his purse. 
What hilback and filbellie maketh away, 

that helpe to make good, or else looke for a fraie. 

[3] Giue childe that is fitly, giue babie the big, 

giue hardnes to youth and to roperipe a twig. 
Wee find it not spoken so often for naught, 

that children were better vnborne than vntaught, 

[4] Some cockneies with cocking are made verie fooles, 
fit neither for prentise, for plough, nor for schooles. 

Teach childe to aske blessing, serue God, and to church, 
then blesse as a mother, else blesse him with burch. 

Thou huswife thus dooing, what further shall neede "^ 
but all men to call th6e good mother in deede. 



93. 

1 Thinke on the poore. 

REMEMBER the poore, that for Gods sake doo call, 
for God both rewardeth and blesseth withall. 
Take this in good part, whatsoeuer thou bee : 
and wish me no woorse than I wish vnto thee. 



1 84 



Huswiferie. 



94. 



1 A comparison bctweene good 
Imswiferie and eidll. 



Compariiifj togither, good huswife with bad, 
The knowledge of either, the better is had. 



I 



LL huswiferie lieth 
till nine of the clock. 
Good huswiferie trieth 
to rise with the cock. 



2 III huswiferie tooteth, 

to make hir selfe braue. 
Good huswiferie looketh 
what houshold must haue. 

3 111 huswiferie trusteth 

to him and to hir. 

Good huswiferie lusteth 

hir selfe for to stir. 

4 111 huswiferie careth 

for this nor for that. 
Good huswiferie spareth 
for feare ye wot what. 

5 111 huswiferie pricketh 

hir selfe vp in pride. 

Good huswiferie tricketh 

hir house as a bride. 

6 111 huswiferie othing 

or other must craue. 
Good huswiferie nothing, 
but needfull will haue. 



7 111 huswiferie mooueth 

with gossep to spend. 
Good huswiferie loueth 
hir houshold to tend. 

8 111 huswiferie wanteth 

with spending too fast. 
Good huswiferie canteth' 
the lenger to last. 

9 111 huswiferie easeth 

hir selfe with vnknowne. 
Good huswiferie pleaseth 
hir selfe with hir owne. 

10 III huswiferie brooketh 

mad toies in hir hed. 

Good huswiferie looketh 

that all things be fed. 

1 1 111 huswiferie bringeth 

a shilling to naught. 
Good huswiferie singeth, 
hir cofers full fraught. 

12 111 huswiferie rendeth, 

and casteth aside. 
Good huswiferie mendeth, 
else would it go wide. 



' scanteth. 1577. 



Huswiferie. 1 8 5 

13 111 huswiferie sweepeth 15 111 huswiferie pineth, 

her linnen to gage. not hauing to eate. 

Good huswiferie keepeth, Good huswiferie dineth, 

to serue hir in age. with plentie of meate. 

14 111 huswiferie craueth 16 111 huswiferie letteth 

in secret to borow. the Diuell take all. 

Good huswaferie saueth Good huswiferie setteth 

to day for to morow. good brag of a small. 

Good huswife good fame hath of best in the towne, 
111 huswife ill name hath of euerie clowne. 

Thus enddh the booke of 
Huswiferie. 



95. 

For 111671 a perfect warning 
How childe shall come by laming. 

1 4 LL you that faine would Icarne the perfect waie, 
-^ To haue your childe in INIusick something s6ene, 
Aske nature first what thereto she doth sale, 

Ere further suite ye make to such a QucSene. 
For doubtlesse Grossum caput is not he 
Of whom the learned Muses s6ene will be. 

2 Once tride that nature trim hath done hir part, 
And Ladie INIusick farre^ in loue withall, 

Be wise who first doth teach thy childe that Art, 
Least homelie breaker mar fine ambling ball. 
Not rod in mad braines hand is that can helpe. 
But gentle skill doth make the proper whelpe. 

1 ? faire [1614]. 



1 86 Hozv childe shall come, etc. 

3 Where choise is hard, count good for well a fine, 
Skill mixt with will, is he that teacheth best : 
Let this suffice for teaching childe of thine, 
Choose quickly well for all the lingring rest. 
INIistaught at first how seldome prooueth well ! 
Trim taught, O God, how shortly doth excell ! 

4 Although as ships must tarrie winde and tide, 
And perfect howers abide their stinted time ; 
So likewise, though of learning dailie tride, 
Space must be had ere wit may thereto clime. 
Yet easie steps, and perfect way to trust. 

Doth cause good speede, confesse of force we must. 

5 Thus in the childe though wit ynough we finde, 
And teacher good neere hand or other where. 
And time as apt as may be thought with minde. 
Nor cause in such thing much to doubt or feare. 
Yet cocking Mams, and shifting Dads from schooles, 
Make pregnant wits to prooue vnlearned fooles. 

6 Ere learning come, to haue first art thou taught, 
Apt learning childe, apt time that thing to frame. 
Apt cunning man to teach, else all is naught, 
Apt parents, glad to bring to passe the same. 

On such apt ground the INIuses loue to bilde. 
This lesson learne ; adue else learned child. 

[In the edition of 1573, The Sonnet to Lady Paget, which 
follows the Posies, is placed here.] 



A description of ivomans age. 187 

96. 

1 The description of a womans age by vi. 
times xiiij yeeres prentiship, with 

a lesson to the same. 

14 rpWO first seuen yeeres, for a rod they doe whine, 
28 -*- Two next, as a perle in the world they doe shine, 
42 Two next, trim beautie beginneth to swerue, 
56 Two next, for matrones or drudges they serue, 
70 Two next, doth craue a staffe for a stay, 
84 Two next, a beere to fetch them away. 



A Lesson 



Then purchase some pelfe, 
by fiftie and thr^e : 
or buckle thy selfe, 
a drudffe for to b^e. 



97. 

1 The Inholders posie.^ 

[i] A T meales my friend who vitleth here, and sitteth 
-^-^ with his host. 

Shall both be sure of better chere, and scape with lesser 
cost. 

[2] But he that will attendance haue, a chamber by himselfe, 
IMust more regard what pains do craue than passe of 
worldly pelfe. 

^ Not in edition of 1573. 



1 88 TJie Liholdas posie. 

[3] Let no man looke to purchase linne with pinching by 
the waie, 
But laie before he takes his Inne to make his purse to paie. 

[4] For nothing paie and nothing praie, in Inne it is the gise, 
Where no point gain, there no point pain, think this if 
you be wise. 

[5] For toiling much and spoiling more, great charge smal 
gains or none, 
Soone sets thine host at needams shore, ^ to craue the 
beggers bone. 

[6] Foreseeing this, come day or night, take vp what place 
ye please. 
Vse mine as thine, let fortune spight, and boldly take 
thine ease. 



98. 

1 Certaine Table Lessons. 

1 TTIRIEND, eat lesse, and drinke lesse,- and buie thee a knife, 
J- else looke for a earner not alway too rife. 

Some kniueles their daggers for brauerie weare, 
that often for surfetting neede not to feare. 

2 At dinner and supper the table doth craue 

good fellowly neighbour good manner to haue. 
Aduise thee well therefore, ere tongue be too free, 
or slapsauce be noted too saucie to bee. 

3 If anything wanteth or seemeth amis, 

to call for or shew it, good maner it is. 
But busie fault finder, and saucie withall, 
is roister like ruften, no manner at all. 

1 A pun recorded by Ray. Needham is in Suffolk (M.). 
- eateles and drinkles. 1577- 



Certaine table lessons. 189 

4 Some cutteth the napkin, some trencher will nick, 

some sheweth like follic, in many a trick. 
Let such apish ^ bodie so toieng at meate, 
go toie with his nodie, like ape in the streate. 

5 Some commeth vnsent for, not for thy good cheere, 

but sent^ as a spiall, to listen and heere. 
Which being once knowne, for a knaue let him go, 
for knaue will be knauish, his nature is so. 



99. 

H Lessons for loaiting seritants. 

1 /^NE diligent seruiture, skilfuU to waight, 

^ more comelieth thy table than other some eight. 
That stand for to listen, or gasing about, 
not minding their dutie, within nor without. 

2 Such waiter is fautie that standeth so by, 

vnmindful of seruice, forgetting his ey. 
If maister to such giue a bone for to gnaw, 
he doth but his office, to teach such a daw. 

3 Such seruiture also deserueth a check, 

that runneth out fisging with meat in his beck. 
Such rauening puttocks for vittles so trim, 

would haue a good maister to puttock with him. 

4 Who daily can suffer, or else can afoord, 

his meat so vp snatched that comes from his boord ? 
So tossed ^ with cormorants, here and there some, 
and others to want it that orderlie come ? 

5 Good seruiture waieth (once dinner begon,) 

what asketh attendance and what to be don. 
So purchasing maister a praise with the best, 

gets praise to himselfe, both of maister and gest. 

'Letapishle. 1577. "- \,Q\\i. 1577. ^ joesed. 1577. 



1 90 Posies for the hall. 

100. 

IF Husbmidly posies for the hall. 

FRIEND, here I dwell, and here I haue a little worldly 



F 



pclfe, 
Which on my friend I keepe to spend, as well as on my selfe. 

2 What euer fare you hap to finde, take welcome for the best, 
That hauing then disdaine thou not, for wanting of the rest. 

3 Backbiting talk that flattering blabs know wily how to blenge, 
The wise doth note, the friend doth hate, the enmie will 

reuenge. 

4 The wise will spend or giue or lend, yet kficpe to haue in 

store, 
If fooles may haue from hand to mouth, they passe vpon 
no more. 

5 Where ease is sought, at length we see, there plentie waxeth 

scant. 
Who careles Hues go borow must, or else full often want. 

6 The world doth think the welthy man is he that least shall 

n^ed, 
But true it is the godlie^ man is he that best shall sp6ed. 



101. 

1 Posies for the parler. 



'A 



S hatred is the serpents noisome rod. 
So friendship is the louing gift of God. 



2 The dronken friend is friendship very euill. 
The frantike friend is friendship for the Deuill. 

3 The quiet friend all one in word and dtSede 
Great comfort is, like ready gold at neede. 

1 Cf. ««/t', ch. 72, St. 2. 



Posies for the parler. 191 

4 With bralling fooles that wrall for euerie wrong, 
Firme friendship neuer can continue long. 

5 In time that man shall seldome friendship mis, 
That waith what thing touch kept in friendship is. 

6 Oft times a friend is got with easie cost, 
Which vsed euill is oft as quickly lost. 

7 Hast thou a friend, as hart may wish at will ? 
Then vse him so to haue his friendship still. 

8 Wouldst haue a friend, wouldst knowe what friend is best ? 
Haue God thy friend, who passeth all the rest. 

lOS. 

1 Posies foy the gests chamber. 

1 rriHE slouen and the careles man, the roinish nothing nice, 
-■- To lodge in chamber comely deckt, are seldome suffred 

twice. 

2 With curteine som make scaberd clene, with couerlet their 

shoo. 
All dirt and mire some wallow bed, as spanniels vse to doo. 

3 Though bootes and spurs be nere so foule, what passeth 

some thereon ? 
What place they foule, what thing they teare, by tumbling 
thervpon. 

4 Foule male some cast on faire boord, be carpet nere so 

cleene, 
what maners careles maister hath, by knaue his man is 
scene. 

5 Some make the chimnie chamber pot to smell like filthie 

sink. 
Yet who so bold, so soone to say, fough, how these houses 
stink } 



192 Posies for tJic gcsts cJiamhcr. 

6 They therefore such as make no force what comly thing 

they spil, 
Must haue a cabben like themselues, although against their 
wil. 

7 But gentlemen will gently doe where gentlenes is sheawd, 
Obseruing this, with loue abide, or else hence all beshreawd. 



103. 

U Posies for t J line owne bed chamber. 

1 TTTHAT wisdom more, what better life, than pleseth 

' * God to send ? 
what worldly goods, what longer vse, than pleseth God 
to lend ? 

2 What better fare than well content, agreeing with thy 

wealth ? ^ 
what better gest, than trustie friend, in sicknes and in 
health ? 

3 What better bed than conscience good,'^ to passe the night 

with sleepe ? 
what better worke than daily care fro sinne thy selfe to 
k^epe ? 

4 What better thought, than think on God and daily him to 

serue ? 
What better gift than to the poore that ready be to sterue ? 

5 What greater praise of God and man, than mercie for to 

shew ?^ 
who merciles shall mercie finde, that mercie shewes to few ? 

6 What worse despaire, than loth to die for feare to go to 

hell ? 
what greater faith than trust in God, through Christ in 
heauen to dwell ? 

^ what mirth to godly welth. 1577. ^ quiet rest. 1577. 

^ . . . . than hatrerl to forsake 

What merciles shall mercy get, that mercy none will take. 1577. 
[1573 M.]. 



A Sonet. 



193 



IT A Sonet to 

[i]C10ME pleasures take, 
^ and cannot giue, 
but onely make 

poore thanks their shift : 
Some meaning well, 
in debt doo liue, 
and cannot tell 

how else to shift. 

[2] Some knock and faine 
would ope the doore, 
to learne the vaine 
good turne to praise : 



104. 

the Ladie Paget. 

Some shew good face, 
and be but poore, 
yet haue a grace, 
s:ood fame to raise. 



[3] Some owe and giue, 
yet still in det, 
and so must liue, 

for aught I knowe : 
Some wish to pay, 
and cannot get, 
but night and day 
still more must owe. 



[4] Euen so must I, for seruice past, 

Still wish you good while life doth last. 



105. 

1 Principall points of Religion. 

1 rnO praie to God continually, 

-*- To learne to know him rightfully. 

2 To honour God in Trinitie, 

3 The Trinitie in vnitie. 
The Father in his maiestie. 
The Sonne in his humanitie. 
The holie Ghosts benignitie, 
Three persons, one in Deitie. 

4 To serue him alway holily, 

5 To aske him all thing needfully, 

13 



194 



Points of religion. 



6 To praise him in all companie,' 

7 To loue him alway hartilie,- 

8 To dread him ahva}- christianlie,' 

9 To aske him mercie penitently/ 

10 To trust him ahvay faithfully, 

1 1 To obey him ahvay willingly, 

12 To abide him ahvay patiently, 

13 To thanke him ahvay thankfully, 

14 To Hue here ahvay vertuously, 

15 To vse thy neighbour honestly, 

16 To looke for death still presently, 

17 To helpe the poore in miserie, 

1 8 To hope for heauens felicitie, 

19 To haue faith hope and charitie, 

20 To count this life but vanitie : 
be points of Christianitie. 



106. 

^ The Authors beleefe. 



God the 

Father. 



Maker of 
Heauen. 



1 rpHIS is my stedfast Creede, my faith, and all my trust, 
-'- That in the heauens there is a God, most mightie, 

milde and iust. 
A God aboue all gods, a King aboue all kings, 
The Lord of lords, chiefe gouernour of heauen and 

earthly things. 

2 That power hath of life, of death, of heauen and hell, 
That all thing made as pleaseth him, so woonderfuU to 

tell : 
That made the hanging Skies, so deckt with diuers lights. 
Of darknes made the cheerfull daies, and all our restfull 

niirhts. 



^ ahvay worthely. IS77' 

« fearfullie. i573 (^i-), 1577- 



2 steadfastlie. 1573 (M.), 1577. 
* heartilie. 1573 (M.), 1577. 



TJie Authors belief e. 195 

3 That clad this earth with herbe, with tr^es, and sundrie The earth. 

fruites, 
With beast, with bird, both wild and tame, of strange and 

sundrie suites : 
That intermixt the same with mines like veines of Ore, 
Of siluer, golde, of precious stones, and treasures many 

more. 

4 That ioyned brookes to dales, to hilles fresh water springs. The waters, 

frost and 

With riuers sw6ete along the m6edes, to profit many things : snowe. 
That made the hoarie frosts, the flakie snowes so trim. 
The honie deawes, the blustering windes, to serue as 
pleaseth him. 

5 That made the surging seas, in course to ebbe and flo. The seas. 
That skilful! man with sailing ship, mought trauell to 

and fro : 
And stored so the same, for mans vnthankfull sake, 
That euery nation vnder heauen mought thereby profit take. 

6 That gaue to man a soule, with reason how to Hue, The soul 
That doth to him and all things else, his blessing dailie giue : 
That is not s6ene, yet seeth how man doth runne his race, 
Whose dailie workes both good and bad, stand knowne 

before his face. 

7 That sendeth thundring claps, like terrours out of hell. Thunder 
That man may know a God there is, that in the heauens 

doth dwel : 
That sendeth threatning plagues, to k6epe our Hues in awe. 
His benefites if we forget, or do contemne his lawe. 



mercie. 



8 That dailie hateth sinne, and loueth vertue well, F"11 ?f 

And is the God of Abraham, Isac, and Israeli, 
That doth displeasure take, when we his lawes offend. 
And yet amids his heauie wrath, his mercie doth extend. 



196 



TJie Authors belief e. 



Christ the 
Sonne. 



Christes 
birth. 

Christ, God 
and man. 



9 This is that Lord of hostes, the father of vs all, 

The maker of what ere was made, my God on whom I call : 
Which for the loue of man, sent downe his onelie sonne, 
Begot of him before the worldes were any whit begonne. 

ID This entred Maries wombe, as faith affirmeth sure, 

Conceiued by the holy Ghost, borne of that virgine pure ; 
This was both God and man, of Jewes the hoped king. 
And liued here, saue onely sinne, like man in euerie thing. 



Christ, our 1 1 This is that virgins childe, that same most holie Preist, 

Messias. ^--11 1 • 

The lamb of God, the prophet great, whom scripture 

calleth Christ, 
This that Messias was, of whom the Prophet spake. 
That should tread down the serpents head and our 

attonement make. 



Christes 
passion. 



Christes 
death. 



12 This Judas did betray, to false dissembling Jewes, 
Which vnto Pilat being Judge, did falsely him accuse : 
Who (through that wicked Judge) and of those Jewes 

despight. 
Condemned and tormented was, with all the force they 
might. 

13 To liuing wight more euill, what could such wretches do 1 
More pearcing wounds, more bitter pains, than they did 

put him to } 
They crowned him with thorne, that was the king of kings, 
That sought to saue the soule of man, aboue all worldly 

things. 

14 This was that Pascall lambe whose loue for vs so stood, 
That on the mount of Caluerie,' for vs did shed his blood: 
Where hanging on the Crosse, no shame he did forsake. 
Till death giuen him by pearcing speare, an endc of life 

did make. 



^ Caluerine. 1577. 



The Authors belief e. 197 

15 This loseph seeing dead, the bodie thence did craue, burun" 
And tooke it forthwith from the crosse, and laid it in his 

graue, 

Downe thence he went to hell, in vsing there his will, descenTion. 

His power^ I meane, his slained corps in tumb remain- 
ing still. 

16 From death to life againe, the third day this did rise, Christes 

resurrec- 

And seene on earth to his elect, times oft in sundrie wise: t'o"- 
And after into heauen, ascend he did in sight, christes 

' ^ ascension. 

And sitteth on the right hand there, of God the father of 

might. 

17 Where for vs wretches all, his father he doth pray, 

To haue respect vnto his death, and put our sinnes away : 

From thence with sounded trump, which noise all flesh Christ shall 

shall dread, iudge. 

He shall returne with glorie againe, to iudge the quicke 

and dead. 

18 Then shall that voice be heard. Come, come, ye good to The ludges 

sentence. 

mee, 
Hence, hence to hell you workers euill, where paine shall 

euer bee : 
This is that louing Christ, whom I my Sauiour call, 
And onely put my trust in him, and in none else at all. 

1 Q In God the holy Ghost, I firmely do belieue, GoA the 

-'■'•' holy Ghost. 

Which from the father and the sonne a blessed^ life doth 

giue, 
Which by the Prophets spake, which doth all comfort send. 
Which I do trust shall be my guide, when this my life shall 

ende. 

20 A holy catholike Church, on earth I graunt there is. The 

•' ° Catholike 

And those which frame their Hues by that, shall neuer do^ Church. 

amis : 
The head whereof is Christ, his word the chiefest post : 
Preseruer of this temple great, is God the holy Ghost. 

1 soule. 1577. ^ proceeding. 1577. ^ speede. 1577- 



198 TJie Authors heliefe. 

The Com- 2 1 I do not doubt there is a multitude of Saints, 

munion 01 

Saints. More good is don resembling them, than shewing them 

our plaints : 
Their faith and workes in Christ, that glorie them did 

giue, 
Which glorie we shall likewise haue, if likewise we do 
Hue. 

Forgiue- 22 At God of heaucn there is, forgiuenesse of our sinnes, 

nesse 01 ' o > 

sinnes. Through Christes death, through faith in it, and through 

none other ginnes : 
If we repentant here, his mercie dailie craue, 
Through stedfast hope and faith in Christ, forgiuenes we 

shall haue. 



Mans resur- 
rection. 



23 I hope and trust vpon the rising of the flesh. 

This corps of mine that first must die, shall rise againe 

afresh : 
The soule and bodie euen then, in one shall ioyned bee. 
As Christ did rise from death to life, euen so through 

Christ shall w^e. 

Life euer- 24 As Christ is glorified, and neuer more shall die. 

As Christ ascended into heauen, through Christ euen so 

shall I : 
As Christ I count my head, and I a member of his, 
So God I trust for Christes sake, shall settle me in blis. 

[25] Thus here we learne of God, that there be persons three,. 
The Father, Sonne, the holy Ghost, one God in trinit6e. 
In substance all like one, one God, one Lord, one might, 
Whose persons yet we do diuide, and so we may by right. 

[26] As God the Father is the maker of vs all, 

So God the Sonne redeemer is, to whom for helpe we call, 
And God the holy Ghost, the soule of man doth winne. 
By moouing hir to wailc for grace, ashamed of hir sinne. 



The Authors belief e. 199 

[27] This is that God of gods, whom euerie soule should loue, 
Whom all mens hearts should quake for feare his wrath on 

them to moue : 
That this same mightie God, aboue all others chiefe, 
Shall saue my soule from dolefuU Hell, is all my whole - 

beliefe. 

107. 

Of the omnipotencie of God, 
and debilitie of man. 

1 r\ GOD thou glorious God, what god is like to thee ? 

^ What life, what strength is like to thine, as al the 

world may see ? 
The heauens, the earth, the seas, and all thy workes therein. 
Do shew (to who thou wouldst to know) what thou hast 
euer bin. 

2 But all the thoughts of man, are bent to wretched euill, 
Man doth commit idolatrie bewitched of the Deuill. 
What euill is left vndone, where man may haue his will, 
Man euer was an hypocrite, and so continues still. 

3 W^hat daily watch is made, the soule of man to slea, r^fndplT 
By Lucifer, by Belzabub, Mammon, and Asmodea ? ^gnifie.'^° 
In diuelish pride, in wrath, in coueting too much. 

In fleshly lust the time is spent, the life of man is such. 

4 The ioy that man hath here, is as a sparke of fier. 

His acts be like the smoldring smoke, himselfe like dirt 

and mier. 
His strength euen as a r6ede, his age much like a flower. 
His breth or life is but a puff"e, vncertaine euerie hower. 

5 But for the holy Ghost, and for his giftes of grace, 

The death of Christ, thy mercie great, man were in wofuU 

case. 
O graunt us therefore Lord, to amend that is amisse, 
And when from hence we do depart, to rest with thee in 

blisse. V 



200 Of Abnes deedes. 



108. 



Eleemosyna prodest homini in vita, in 
morte, & post mortem. 

Out of S. Augustine. 



d^/edeT^^ CO T?OR onely loue to God, more Christian like to Hue, 

-*- And for a zeale to helpe the poore, thine almes daily 

giue. 
Let gift no gloria looke, nor euill possesse thy minde : 
And for a truth these profites thr^e, through aimes shalt 

thou finde. 



[2] I First here the holy Ghost shall daily through his grace, 
Prouoke th6e to repentant life, Gods mercie to embrace. 

2 Of goods and friends (by death) when thou thy leaue 

must take, 
Thine almes deedes shall claspe thy soule, and neuer it 

forsake. 

[3] 3 When God shall after death, call soone for thine ac- 
count, 
thine alms then through faith in Christ, shal al things 

els surmount. 
But yet for any ddede, put thou no trust therein, 
but put thy trust in God (through Christ) to pardon thee 
thy sin. 

[4] For else as cackling hen with noise bewraies hir nest, 
Euen so go thou and blaze thy d6eds, and lose thou all 
the rest. 



Of malus homo. 201 

109. 

Melius homo, out of S. Augustine. 

OF naughtie man, I read, two sundrie things are ment, 
The ton is man, the other naught, which ought him to 
repent. 
The man we ought to loue, bicause of much therein, 
The euill in him we ought to hate, euen as a filthie sin. 
So doth thy daily sinnes the heauenly Lord offend. 
But when thou dost repent the same, his wrath is at an end. 



110. 

Of two sorts of men, the tone good, and 
tother bad, out of S. Augustine. 

SINCE first the world began, there was and shall be still, 
Of humane kind two sundrie sorts, thon good and 
thother ill : 
Which till the iudgement day, shall here togither dwell. 
But then the good shall vp to heauen, the bad shall downe to 
hell. 



Diabolo cum resistitur, est vt formica : Cum 
verb eius suggestio recipitur,fortis est vt leo. 

Out of S. Augustine. 



WHEN Sathan we resist, a Pismier shall he be. 
But when we s6eme to giue him place, a Lion then is he. 



202 S. Barnards verses. 



111. 

^ Eight ofS, Barnards verses, both in Latine 
and English with one note to 

tliem both} 

1 r^UR mundus viilitat, sub vana gloria, 

Cuitis pfosperilas, est transitoria ? 
Ta7n cito labitur, eiiis potentia, 
QucLm vasa figuli, quce sunt fragilia ? 

1 Why^ so triumphes the world, in pompe and glorie vaine, 
Whose state so happie thought, so fickle^ doth remaine ? 
Whose brauerie slipprie stands, and doth so soone decaie, 
As doth the potters pan, compact of brittle claie ? 

2 Plus crcde Uteris, scriptis i?t glacie, 
Quam miindi fragilis, vancB fallacicBy 
Fallax ifi prcemijs, virtutis specie, 
QiicE mmquam hahuit tempiis fiducicB. 

2 More credite s6e thou giue, to letters wrote in ise, 
Than vnto vaine deceits, of brittle worlds deuise. 
In gifts to vertue due, beguiling many one. 

Yet those same neuer haue long time to hope vpon. 

3 Magis credendnm est, viris fallacibiis, 
Qudvi mundi tniseris prosperitatibus, 
Falsis insanijs et voluptatibiis, 
Falsis quoque studi/s et vanitatibiis. 

3 To false dissembling men more trust is to be had, 
Than to the prosperous state of wretched world so bad : 
What with voluptuousnes, and other maddish toies, 
False studies won with paine, false vanities and ioies. 

' "These eight verses of St. Bernard seem to have been extremely 
popular at one period. ... In the ' Paradise of Dainty Devices,' first 
printed in 1576, we find translations of the same words" (Mason). 

■^ Who. 1577. 3 unsteady. 1577. 



6". Barnards verses. 203 

4 Die vbi Salomon, olim tarn nob His ? 
Vel vbi Samsoft est, dux invincibilis ? 
Vei duleis Io7iathas, multum amabilis ? 
Vel pzdcher Absolon, vullu ?fiirabilis ? 

4 Tell where is Salomon, that once so noble was ? 

Or where now Samson is, in strength whome none could pas ? 
Or woorthie lonathas, that prince so louely bold ? 
Or faier Absolon, so goodlie to behold ? 

5 Qu6 Ccesar abijt, celsus iniperio ? 

Vel Dines splendidiis, lotus in prandio ? 
Die vbi Tullitis, clams eloquio ? 
Vel Aristoteles, summus ingenio ? 

5 Shew whither is Cesar gone, which conquered far and n6ere ? 
Or that rich famous Carle, so giuen to bellie ch^ere : 
Shew where is Tiillie now, for eloquence so fit ? 

Or Aristoteles, of such a pregnant wit ? 

6 O esca vermium I 6 massa piilueris ! 
O ros / d vafiitas / ciir sic extolleris, 
Ignoras penitus vtrum eras vixeris, 
Fac bonuni omtiibus, qudm diu poteris, 

6 O thou fit bait for wormes ! O thou great heape of dust ! 
O dewe ! O vanitie ! why so extolst thy lust ? 

Thou therefore ignorant, what time thou hast to liue, 
Doe good to erie man, while here thou hast to giue. 

7 Quam breue festum est, hcec mundi gloria ? 
Vt umbra hominis, sic eius gaudia, 

Quce. semper siibtrahit, ccterna prcemia, 
Et ducunt hominem, ad dura deuia. 

7 How short a feast (to count) is this same worlds renowne ? 
Such as mens shadowes be, such ioies it brings to towne. 
Which alway plucketh vs from Gods eternall blis : 

And leadeth man to hell, a iust reward of his. 



204 



vS. Barnards verses. 



8 Hac viundi gloria, qticE viagni pendilur, 
Sacris in Uteris, flos fceni dicitur, 
Vt hue folium, quod vento rapitur. 
Sic vita hominum, hac vita tollitur. 

The brauerie of this world, esteemed here so much, 
In Scripture likened is, to flowre of grasse and such : 
Like as the leafe so light, through winde abrode is blowne, 
So life in this our life, full soone is ouerthrowne.^ 



112. 



H Of the Authors linked Verses departing 
from Court to the Country.^ 



1 Muse not my friend to finde me here, 
Contented with this meane estate : 
And seeme to doo with wilHng cheere, 
That courtier doth so deadly hate. 

2 And yet of force, to leame anew. 
Would much abash the dulled braine : 
I craue to iudge if this be trew, 

The truant child that knowth the paine. 

3 No, no, God wot, to disagree, 
Is ventring all to make or mar : 
If fortune frowne we dailie see, 
It is not best to striue too far. 

4 From daintie Court to countrie fare, 
Too daintie fed is diet strange : 
From cities ioy, to countrie care. 
To skillesse folke is homelie change. 



\ / For fortunes looke, 
r , \ Hath changed hew : 
I ) And I my booke, 
/ \ Must leame anew. 

But where a spight, 
Of force must bee : 
What is that wight, 
May disagree ? 

For lordlie bent, 
Must leame to spare : 
And be content 
With countrie fare. 

Where neede yet can. 
None other skill : 
Somtime poore man 
Must breake his will. 



' . . . . which wind abrod doth blowe. 
So doth this worldly life, the life of man bestow. 1577. 

^ "In the edition of 1573 this piece is entitled 'Of the Author's de- 
parting from the Court to the Country,' and the verses are printed con- 
secutively — four long lines and then four short lines." — M. So, in 1577. 



TJie Authors verses. 



205 



5 If courtlie change so breaketh will 
That countrie life must serue the tume 
What profit then in striuing still, 
Against the prick to seeme to spume ? 

6 What gaine I though I doo repent, 
My crotches ' all are broke and gon : 
My woonted friends are careles bent, 
They feare no chance I chance vpon. 

7 Now if I take in woorth my lot. 
That fatall chance doth force me to, 
If ye be friends embraid^ me not. 
But vse a friend as friends should do. 



If court with cart 
Must be content. 
What ease to hart. 
Though mind repent ? 

/ As neede doth make 
Old age to trot : 
So must I take. 
In woorth my lot. 

Behold the horse 
Must trudge for pelfe, 
And yet of forse, 
Content it selfe. 



113. 

The Authors life. 3 

1 ~]VrOW gentle friend, if thou be kinde, 
-^^ Disdaine thou not, although the lot 
Will now with me no better be, 

than doth appere : 
Nor let it grieue, that thus I Hue, 
But rather gesse, for quietnesse, 
As others do, so do I to, 

content me here. 

2 By leaue and loue, of God aboue, 
I minde to shew, in verses few. 

How through the breers, my youthful! yeeres, 

haue runne their race : 
And further say, why thus I stay, 
And minde to Hue, as Bee in hiue. 
Full bent to spend my life to an end, 

in this same place.* 

1 chrotches. 1577. ^ upbraid. 1614. 

3 First added to the 1573 edition. — M. 

* "The author means London ; but though it is believed he died there, 
it is evident from the sequel, that he left it on account of the plague." — M. 



Epodium. 



206 



The A ntJiors life. 



Borne at 
Riuenhall 
in Essex. 



3 It came to pas, that borne I was 
Of linage good, of gentle blood, 
In Essex laier, in village faier, 

that Riuenhall hight : 
Which village lide by Banketree side. 
There spend did I mine infancie, 
There then my name, in honest fame, 

remaind in sight. 



Set to song 
schoole. 



4 I yet but yong, no speech of tong, 
Nor teares withall, that often fall 
From mothers eies, when childe out cries, 

to part hir fro : 
Could pitie make, good father take, 
But out I must, to song be thrust. 
Say what I would, do what I could, 

his minde was so. 



Queristers 
miserie. 



"V\'allingford 
Colledge. 



5 O painfull time, for euerie crime, 
What toesed eares, like baited beares ! 
What bobbed lips, what ierks, what nips ! 

what hellish toies ! 
What robes, how bare ! what colledge fare ! 
What bread, how stale ! what pennie Ale ! 
Then Wallingford, how wart thou abhord 

of sillie boies ! 



Singing' 
mens com- 
missions. 



6 Thence for my voice, I must (no choice) 
Away of forse, like posting horse. 
For sundrie men, had plagards then, 

such childe to take : 
The better brest,^ the lesser rest, 
To serue the Queere, now there now heere, 
For time so spent, I may repent, 

and sorrow make. 



» Cf. Shakespere's Twelfth Night, ii. 3. 



TJie A uthors life. 



207 



7 But marke the chance, my self to vance, 
By friendships lot, to Paules I got, 
So found I grace, a certaine space, 

still to remaine : 
With Redford there, the like no where. 
For cunning such, and vertue much, 
By whom some part of Musicke art, 

so did I gaine. 

8 From Paules I went, to Eaton sent, 
To learn streight waies, the latin phraies, 
Where fiftie three stripes giuen to mee, 

at once I had : 
For fault but small, or none at all, 
It came to pas, thus beat I was. 
See Udall see, the mercie of thee, 

to me poore lad. 

9 From London hence, to Cambridge thence, 
With thanks to thee, O Trinitee, 
That to thy hall, so passing all,^ 

I got at last : 
There ioy I felt, there trim I dwelt, 
There heauen from hell, I shifted well. 
With learned men, a number then, 

the time I past. 

10 Long sicknes had, then was I glad 

To leaue my booke, to proue and looke. 
In Court what gaine, by taking paine, 

mought well be found : 
Lord Paget than, that noble man, 
Whose soule I trust is with the iust. 
That same was hee enriched mee, 

with many a pound. 

• "Till it was repaired, between 1 740 and 1750, it is said to have been 
but a poor-looking place ; and which is reported to have been characterized 
by Dr. Mar, the Vice-Chancellor, when speaking of it to the King of 
Denmark, as le petit coigne." — M. 



lohn Red- 
ford an 
excellent 
Musician 
[organist of 
St. Paul's. 
M.] 



Nicholas 
Vdall 
school- 
master at 
Eaton. 



Trinitie hall 
in Cam- 
bridge. 



Quartan 
ague. 



Lord Paget 
good to his 
seruants. 



2o8 



The A nthors life. 



The hope we 
haue of the 
dead. 



1 1 When^ this betide, good parents dide, 
One after one, till both were gone, 
Whose petigree, who list may see, 

in Harolds Booke : 
Whose soiiles in blis be long ere this, 
For hope we must, as God is iust. 
So here that craue shall mercie haue, 
that mercie looke. 



The vices of 
the Court. 



12 By Court I spide, and ten yeres tride 
That Cards and Dice, with Venus vice, 
And peeuish pride, from vertue wide, 

with some so wraught : 
That Tiburne play made them away. 
Or beggars state as euill to hate. 
By such like euils, I saw such dreuils, 

to come to nau^rht. 



The Court 
commended. 



13 Yet is it not to be forgot. 

In Court that some to worship come. 
And some in time to honour clime, 

and speede full well : 
Some haue such gift, that trim they shift, 
Some profite make, by paines they take, 
In perill much, though oft are such, 
in Court that dwell. 



The no- 
bilitie at 
variance in 
Edward the 
6 daies. 

Katewade. 



14 When court gan frowne and strife in towne. 
And lords and knights, saw heauie sights, 
Then tooke I wife, and led my life 

in Suffolke soile. 
There was I faine my selfe to traine. 
To learne too long the fermers song, 
For hope of pelfe, like worldly elfe, 

to moile and toile. 



1 While. 1577. 



The Aicthors life. 



209 



15 As in this booke, who list to looke, 
Of husbandrie, and huswiferie, 
There may he finde more of my minde, 

concerning this : 
To carke' and care, and euer bare, 
With losse and paine, to little gaine, 
All this to haue, to cram sir knaue, 

what life it is. 



At Kate- 
wade in 
SufiFolke this 
booke first 
deuised. 



16 When wife could not, through sicknes got, 
More toile abide, so nigh Sea side, 
Then thought I best, from toile to rest, 

and Ipswich trie : 
A towne of price, like paradice, 
For quiet then, and honest men, 
There was I glad, much friendship had, 

a time to lie. 

17 There left good wife this present life. 
And there left I, house charges lie. 
For glad was he, mought send for me, 

good lucke so stood : 
In Suffolke there, were euerie where, 
Euen of the best, besides the rest. 
That neuer did their friendship hid, 

to doo me good. 

1 8 O Suffolke thow, content thee now, 
That hadst the praies in those same dales, 
For Squiers and Knights, that well delights 

good house to keepe : 
For Norfolke wiles, so full of giles, 
Haue caught my toe, by wiuing so. 
That out to thee, I see for mee, 

no waie to creepe. 



Ipswich' 
commended. 



The deth of 
his first 
wife. 



Newe 
maried in 
Norfolk. 



> carp. 1573. 



14 



2IO 



TJie Authors life. 



Mistres 

Araie 

Moone. 



The charges 
following a 
yoong wife. 



19 For lo, through gile, what haps the while, 
Through Venus toies, in hope of ioies, 

I chanced soone to find a Moone, ^ 

of cheerfull hew : 
Which well a fine me thought did shine, 
Did neuer change, a thing most strange. 
Yet kept in sight, hir course aright, 

and compas trew. 

20 Behold of truth, with wife in youth, 
For ioie at large, what daily charge, 
Through childrens hap, what opened gap, 

to more begun. 
The childe at nurse, to rob the purse. 
The same to wed, to trouble hed. 
For pleasure rare, such endlesse care, 

hath husband wun. 



West Diram 
Abbie. 



Land-lordes 
at variance. 



SirRicharde 
Soothwell. 



2 1 Then did I dwell in Diram sell, 

A place for wood, that trimlie stood. 
With flesh and fish, as heart would wish : 

but when I spide 
That Lord with Lord could not accord, 
But now pound he, and now pound we, 
Then left I all, bicause such brail, 

I list not bide. 

22 O Soothwell, what meanst thou by that, 
Thou worthie wight, thou famous knight. 
So me to craue, and to thy graue, 

go by and by ? 
O death thou fo, why didst thou so 
Ungently treat that lewell great. 
Which opte his doore to rich and poore, 

so bounteously ? 



' His second wife. 



1 



The A iitJiors life. 



211 



23 There thus bestad, when leaue 1 had, 
By death of him, to sinke or swim, 
And rauens I saw togither draw, 

in such a sort : 
Then waies I saught, by wisdome taught, 
To beare low saile, least stock should quaile, 
Till ship mought finde, with prosperous winde, 

some safer port. 



His vij 
executors. 



24 At length by vew, to shore I drew. 

Discharging straight both ship and fraight, 
At Norwich fine, for me and mine, 

a citie trim : 
Where strangers wel may seeme to dwel. 
That pitch and pay, or keepe their day, 
But who that want, shall find it scant 

so sfood for him. 



Norwich 
Citie. 



Norwich 
qualities. 



25 But Salisburie how were kept my vow. 
If praise from thee were kept by mee, 
Thou gentle deane, mine onely meane, 

there then to Hue .'^ 
Though churles such some to craue can come. 
And pray once got, regard thee not, 
Yet Hue or die, so will not I, 

example giue. 



Maister 
Salisburie 
deane of 
Norwich. 



26 When learned men could there nor then, 
Deuise to swage the stormie rage. 
Nor yet the furie of my dissurie, 

that long I had : 
From Norwich aire, in great despaire, 
Away to flie, or else to die, 
To seeke more helth, to seeke more welth, 

then was I glad. 



In 138 
houres I 
neuer made 
drop of 
water. 



212 



TJie Authors life. 



Faiersted 
parsonage 
in Essex. 



27 From thence so sent, away I went, 
With sicknes worne, as one forlorne, 
To house my hcd, at Faiersted, 

where whiles I dwelt : 
The tithing life, the tithing strife. 
Through tithing ill, of Jacke and Gill, 
The dailie paies, the mierie waies, 

too loner I felt. 



Lease for 
parsons life. 



28 When charges grew, still new and new, 
And that I spide, if parson dide, 
(All hope in vaine) to hope for gaine, 

I might go daunce : 
Once rid my hand of parsonage land. 
Thence by and by, away went I, 
To London streight, to hope and waight, 

for better chaunce. 



London 
commended. 



29 Well London well, that bearst the bell 
Of praise about, England throughout. 
And dost in deede, to such as neede, 

much kindncs shew : 
Who that with thee can hardly agree, 
Nor can well prais thy friendly wais, 
Shall friendship find, to please his mind, 

in places few. 



Vnthrifts 
order. 



30 As for such mates, as vertue hates. 
Or he or thay, that go so gay. 
That needes he must take all of trust, 

for him and his : 
Though such for wo by Lothburie go. 
For being spide about Cheapeside, 
Least Mercers bookcs for monie lookes, 

small matter it is. 



The AiiiJiors life. 



21 



3 1 When gaines was gon, and yeres grew on, 
And death did crie, from London flie, 
In Cambridge then, I found agen, 

a resting plot : 
In Colledge best of all the rest, 
With thanks to thee, O Trinitee,^ 
Through thee and thine, for me and mine, 
some stay I got. 



The plague 
at London 

[1574, 1575]- 



Trinitie 
College in 
Cambridge. 



32 Since hap haps so, let toiling go. 

Let seruing paines yeeld forth hir gaines, 
Let courtly giftes, with wedding shiftes, 

helpe now to line : 
Let Musicke win, let stocke come in, 
Let wisedome kerue, let reason serue, 
For here I craue such end to haue, 

as God shall giue. 



Youth ill 
spent makes 
age repent. 



33 Thus friends, by me perceiue may ye. 
That gentrie standes, not all by landes, 
Nor all so feft, or plentie left 

by parents gift : 
But now and then, of gentlemen. 
The yonger sonne is driuen to ronne, 
And glad to seeke from creeke to creeke, 

to come by thrift. 



A lesson for 

yonger 

brothers. 



34 And more by this, to conster is. 
In world is set, ynough to get. 
But where and whan, that scarsely can, 

the wisest tell : 
By learning some to riches come. 
By ship and plough some get ynough, 
And some so wiue that trim they thriue, 

and speede full well. 



A true 
lesson. 



^ Founded in 1546. 



214 



TJie A iithors life. 



Hardnes in 

youth not 
the worst. 



Cocking of 
}-outh not 
the best. 



35 To this before, adde one thing more, 

Youth hardnes taught, with knowledge wraught, 
Most apt do prooue, to shift and shooue, 

among the best : 
Where cocking Dads make sawsie lads. 
In youth so rage, to beg in age. 
Or else to fetch a Tibourne stretch, 

amons: the rest. 



Not pride in 
youth, but 
welth in age 
needfull. 



36 Not rampish toie, of girle and boie. 
Nor garment trim, of hir or him. 
In childhoode spent, to fond intent, 

good end doth frame : 
If marke we shall, the summe of all, 
The end it is, that noted is, 
Which if it bide, with vertue tride, 

deserueth fame. 



Man doth 
labour and 
God doth 
blesse. 



37 When all is done, lerne this my sonne. 
Not friend, nor skill, nor wit at will, 
Nor ship nor clod, but onelie God, 

doth all in all : 
Man taketh paine, God giueth gaine, 
Man doth his best, God doth the rest, 
Man well intendes, God foizon sendes, 

else want he shall. 



A contented 
minde is 
worth all. 



38 Some seeke for welth, I seeke my helth, 
Some seeke to please, I seeke mine ease, 
Some seeke to saue, I seeke to haue 

to Hue vpright : 
More than to ride, with pompe and pride, 
Or for to iet,^ in others det. 
Such is my skill, and shall be still, 

for any wight. 



set. 1573. 



The A utJwrs life. 2 1 5 



39 Too fond were I, here thus to lie, 

Unles that welth mought further helth, 
And profit some should thereby come, 

to helpe withall : 
This causeth mee well pleasde to bee, 
Such drift to make, such life to take, 
Enforsing minde remorse to finde, 

as neede neede shall. 



40 Friend, al thing waid, that here is said, Happiethat 

. Hues well, 

And bemg got, that paies the shot, %nhappie 



Me thinke of right haue leaue I might, 

(death drawing neere :) 
To seeke some waies, my God to praies, 
And mercy craue, in time to haue, 
And for the rest, what he thinkes best, 

to suffer heere. 

FINIS. 

[Of edition of 1580, but see over.] 



dies euill. 



2i6 Of Fortune. 



[114.] 

The following poem is not to be found after the edition of 1573 and its 
reprint of 1577. — M. 



Fortttna non est se77tper arnica, 
Stiperbiam igitttr semper devita. 

1 Though Fortune smiles, and fawnes vpon thy side, 

Thyself extol for that no whit the more ; 
Though Fortune frownes and wresteth al thing wide, 

Let fancy stay, keepe courage still in store ; 

For chance may change as chance hath don before : 
Thus shalt thou holde more safe then honour got. 
Or lose the losse,* though Fortune will or not. 

2 Thy friend at this shall dayly comfort haue, 

When warely thus, thou bearest thy selfe vpright, 
Thy foes at this shall gladly friendship craue. 

When hope so small is left to wrecke their spight. 
For lowly liefe withstandeth enuy quight : 
As floeting ship, by bearing sayl alowe, 
Withstandeth stormes when boistrous winds do blowe. 

3 Thy vsage thus in time shall win the gole, 

Though doughtful haps, dame fortune sendes betweene, 
And thou shalt see thine enemies blow the cole, 

To ease thine hart much more then thou dost weene. 
Ye though a change most strangely should be seene. 
Yet friend at neede shall secret friendship make. 
When foe in deede shal want his part to take. 

* lesse. M. 



217 



A Table of the points of Huswiferie 
inenfioiieci in this Booke. 



rriHE Authors Epistle to the Ladie 

-^ Paget. 

The Authors Epistle to the Reader. 

The Authors Preface to his booke 
of huswiferie. 

The praise of huswiferie. 

A description of huswife and hus- 
wiferie. 

Instructions to huswiferie. 

A digression to cockcrowing. 

Huswiferie morning workes. 

Huswifelie breakefast workes. 

Huswifelie admonitions or lessons. 

Brewing. 

Baking. 

Cookerie. 

Dairie. 

Scouring. 

Washing. 

Malting. 

Dirmer time huswiferie. 

Huswifelie afternoone workes. 

Huswifelie Euening workes. 

Supper time huswiferie. 

After Supper workes of huswiferie. 

Of bedtime in winter and sommer. 

The times to rise in winter and 
sommer. 

Of bearing and forbearing. 

The Ploughmans feasting dales. 

The good huswifelie physicke. 

The good motherlie nurserie. 



A precept of thinking on the poore. 

A comparison betweene good hus- 
wiferie and bad. 

The meanes for children to attaine 
to learning. 

A description of womans age from 
fourteene to fourescore and foure. 

The Inholders posie. 

Certaine table lessons. 

Lessons for waiting seruantes. 

Husbandly posies for y*^ hal. 

Posies for the Parler. 

Posies for the gestes chamber. 

Posies for thine own bed chamber. 

A Sonet to the Ladie Paget. 

Principall pointes of Religion. 

The Authors beliefe. 

Of the omnipotencie of God and 
debilitie of man. 

Of almesdeedes. 

Of malus hotno. 

Of two sortes of people. 

Of what force the deuill is if he be 
resisted. 

Eight of Saint Barnards verses in 
Latine and English, to be soong 
both by one note. 

Of the Authors departing from the 
Court. 

The Authors life of his owne pen- 
ning. 

[Of Fortune.] 



FINIS. 



% Imprinted at London, 

dy Heni'ie Denham, dwel- 

ling at Paternoster Row, 

at the figure of the Starre, 

being the assigne of 

William Seres. 

Cum priuilegio Regi<z Maiestatis. 



a ^ J)untiretJ) gooti 

pointes of busbanocic. 
(.*.) 



a fiuntimB gootr pointes, of gooti gu^bantirp, 
mamtainctft gooti gouscgoltr, tottg gugituifcp* 
^ou0rfecpmg and gu^banticp, if it be gooti : 
mmt lout one anotger, as cousinnes in blooD* 
^ge toife to, mu0t gusbanti as toell as t§e man 
or fareVuel tgp gusbantirp, tioe togat tgou can. 



220 A Jnindreth good poyntes of Jmsbandry. 

^ To the right honorable and my speciall good lord 
and maister, the lord Paget, Lord priuie seale. 



^ The trouth doth teache, that tyme must serue. 

„ (How euer man, doth blase hys mynde) 

Q (Of thynges most lyke, to thryue or sterue :) 

g IMuch apt to iudge, is often blynde. 

> And therfore, tyme it doth behoofe : 
v> Shall make of trouth, a perfit proofe. 

^ Take you my lord, and mayster than, 
^ (Unlesse mischaunce mischaunseth me :) 
cfl Such homely gyft, of your own man, 
^ Synce more in court, I may not be : 
^ and let your praise, wonne here tofore, 
Remayne abrode, for euermore. 

§ INIy seruyng you, thus vnderstande, 

> And god his helpe, and yours withall : 

O Dyd cause good lucke, to take myne hande 

^ Erecting one, most lyke to fall : 

^ My seruing you, I know it was, 

M Enforced this, to come to passe. 

So synce I was, at Cambridge tought, 

Of court ten yeres, I made a say ; 

No musike than, was left vnsought, 

A care I had, to serue that way, 

My ioye gan slake, then made I chaunge, 

Expulsed myrth, for musike straunge. 

My musike synce, hath been the plough, 
Entangled with, some care among : 
The gayn not great, the payn enough. 
Hath made me syng, another song. 
And if I may, my song auowe ; 
No man I craue, to iudge but you. 

\ Your seruant, 

Thomas Tusser. 



A hundreth good poyntes of husbandry. 221 



^ Concordia paruce. res crescunt 
Discoj'dia maxifJicz dilahuntur. 



1. Where couples agree not, is rancor and poysen, 
where they two kepe house, than is neuer no foysen : 
But contrary lightly, where couples agree, 

what chaunseth by wisdom, looke after to see. 

2. Good husbandes, that loueth good housholdes to kepe, 
be sometime full carefull, when others do slepe : 

To spend as they may, or to stop at the furst, 
for running behinde hand, or feare of the wurst. 

3. Then count with thy purse, when thy haruest is in, 
thy cardes being tolde, how to saue or to win : 
But win or els saue, or els passe not to farre. 

For hoping to make, least thou happen to marre. 

4. Make money thy drudge, for to folow thy warke, 
and Wisdom thy steward, good Order thy clarke : 
Prouision thy cator, and all shall goe well, 

for foysen is there, where prouision doth dwell. 

5. With some foike on sundayes, their tables do reke : 
and halfe the weke after, their diners to seke. 

At no tyme to much, but haue alway ynough : 
is housholdy fare, and the guyse of the plough. 

6. For what shal it profet, ynough to prouide, 
and then haue it spoiled, or filched aside : 

As twenty lode busshes, cut downe at a clappe, 
such hede may be taken, shall stoppe but a gappe. 

7. Good labouring threshers, are worthy to eate. 
Good husbandly ploughmen, deserueth their meate. 
Good huswiuely huswiues, that let for no rest, 

should eate when they list, and should drinke of the best. 

8. Beware raskabilia, slouthfull to wurke, 
proloiners and filchers, that loue for to lurke : 
And cherishe well willers, that serueth thy nede, 
take time to thy Tutor, God sende the good spede. 



222 A JnindrciJL good poyntcs of Jiusbmidry. 

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9. When haruest is done, all thing placed and set, 
for saultfishe and herring, then laic for to get : 
The byeng of them, comming first vnto rode, 
shal pay for thy charges, thou spendest abrode. 

10. Thy saultfishe well chosen, not burnt at the stone, 
or drye them thyselfe, (hauing skill is a lone :) 
Brought salfe to thy house, would be packed vp drie, 
with pease strawe betweene, least it rot as it lie. 

1 1 . Or euer thou ride, with thy seruauntes compound, 
to carry thy muckhilles, on thy barley ground : 
One aker wel compast, is worth akers three, 

at haruest, thy barne shall declare it to thee. 

12. This good shalt thou learne, with thy riding about, 
the prises of thinges, all the yere thoroughout : 
And what time is best, for to sell that thou haue, 
and how for to bye, to be likely to saue. 

13. For bying and selling, doth wonderfull well, 
to him that hath wit, how to by and to sell : 

But chopping and chaungeing, may make such a breck, 
that gone is thy winninges, for sauing thy neck. 

14. The riche man, his bargaines are neuer vnsought, 
the seller will fynde him, he nede not take thought : 
But herein consisteth, a part of our text, 

who byeth at first hand, and who at the next. 

15. He byeth at first hand, that ventreth his golde, 
he byeth at second, that dare not be bolde : 

He byeth at third hand, that nedes borrow must, 
who byeth of him, than shall pay for his lust. 

1 6. When euer thou bargain, for better or wurse, 
let alway one bargain, remain in thy purse : 
Good credit doth well, but good credit to kepe, 
is pay and dispatche him, or euer thou slepe. 

17. Be mindeful abrode, of thy Mighelmas spring, 
for theron dependeth, a marueilous thing : 

Whe// gentiles vse walking, with hawkcs on their handes, 
Good husbandes, with grasing doe purchase their landes. 



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18. And as thou come homeward, bye xl. good crones, 
and fatte me the bodies, of those sely bones : 

With those and thy swine, or and shrouetyde be past, 
thy folke shal fare well, where as others shal fast. 

19. Thy saffron plot, pared in saint mary dales, 
for pleasure and profit, shal serue many waies : 
With twenty foote square, knowing how for to doo, 

shal stede both thine own house, and next neighbour too. 

2 0. Threshe sede and goe fanne, for the plough may not lye, 
September doth bid, to be sowing of rye : 
The redges well harrowde, or euer thou strike, 
is one poynt of husbandry, rye land do like. 

21. Geue winter corne leaue, for to haue full his lust, 
sowe wheate as thou mayst, but sowe rye in the dust : 
Be carefull for sede, for such sede as thou sowe, 

as true as thou liuest, loke iustly to mowe. 

22. The sede being sowne, waterforow thy ground, 
that rain, when it cummeth, may runne away round : 
The diches kept skowred, the hedge clad with thorne, 
doth well to drayne water, and saueth thy corne. 

23. Then furth with thy siinges, and thine arowes & bowes, 
till ridges be grene, kepe the corne from the crowes : 
A good boye abrode, by the day starre appere, 

shall skare good man crowe, that he dare not come nere. 

24. At Mihelmas, mast would be loked vpon, 
and lay to get some, or the mast time be gon : 
It saueth thy corne well, it fatteth thy swyne ; 

In frost it doth helpe them, where els they should pine. 

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25. The rye in the ground, while September doth last : 
October for wheate sowing, calleth as fast. 

What euer it cost thee, what euer thou geue, 
have done sowing wheate, before halowmas eve. 



224 ^ hiindretJi good poyiites of husbandry. 

26. The mone in the wane, gather fruit on the tree, 
the riper, the better for graffe and for thee. 
But michers, that loue not to bie nor to craue : 
make some gather sooner, els fewe should they haue. 

27. Or winter doe come, while the weather is good : 

for gutting thy grounde, get the home with thy wood. 
Set bauen alone, lay the bowghes from the blockes : 
the drier, the las maidens dablith their dockes. 

28. For rooting thy grounde, ring thy hogges thou hast nede 
the better thou ring them, the better they fede. 

Most times with their elders, the yong ones kepe best : 
then yoke well the great knaues, and fauour the rest. 

29. But yoke not thy swine, while thine akorne time last: 
for diuers misfortunes, that happen to fast. 

Or if thou loue eared, and vnmaimed hogges : 
giue eie to thy neighbour, and eare to his dogges. 

30. Get vp with thy barley lande, dry as thou can : 
at March (as thou layest it) so loke for it than. 
Get euer before hande, drag neuer behinde : 
least winter beclip thee, and breake of thy minde. 

31. At Hallowmas, slaughter time sone commeth in : 
and than doth the husbande mans feasting begin. 
From that time, to Candlemas weekely kill some : 
their ofFal for household, the better shal come. 

32. All soules that be thursty, bid threshe out for mawlt : 
well handled and tended, or els thou dost nawlt. 
Thencrease of one strike is a pek for thy store : 

the maker is bad els, or pilfreth the more. 

33. For Easter, at Martilmas hange vp a biefe : 

for pease fed and stall fed, play pickpurse the thiefe. 
With that and fat bakon, till grasse biefe come in : 
thy folke shall loke cherely, when others loke thin. 

34. Set gardeine beanes, after saint Edmonde the king : 
the Moone in the wane, theron hangeth a thing. 
Thencrease of one gallonde, well proued of some : 
shall pleasure thy householde, ere peskod time come. 



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35. Except thou take good hede, when first they apere, 
the Crowes will be halfe, grow they neuer so nere. 
Thinges sowne, set or graft, in good memory haue : 
from beast, birde and weather to cherishe and saue. 

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36. Abrode for the raine, when thou canst do no good ; 
then go let thy flayles, as the threshers were wood. 
Beware they threshe dene, though the lesser they yarne : 
and if thou wilt thriue, loke thy selfe to thy barne. 

37. If barne rome will serue, lay thy stoouer vp drye 
and eche kinde of strawe, by hitselfe let it lie. 

Thy chaffe, housed sweete, kept from pullein and dust : 
shall serue well thy horses, when labour they must. 

38. When pasture is gone, and the fildes mier and weate : 
then stable thy plough horse, and there giue them meate. 
The better thou vse them, in place where they stande : 
more strength shall they haue, for to breake vp thy lande. 

39. Giue cattell their fodder, the plot drie and warme : 
and count them, for miring or other like harme. 
Trust neuer to boyes, if thou trust well to spede : 
be serued with those, that may helpe at a nede. 

40. Serue first out thy rie strawe, then wheate & then pease, 
then otestrawe then barley, then hay if you please. 

But serue them with haye, while thy straw stoouer last, 
they loue no more strawe, they had rather to fast. 

41. Kepe neuer such seruantes, as doth thee no good, 
for making thy heare, growing thorrough thy hood. 
For nestling of verlettes, of brothels and hoores : 
make many a rich man, to shet vp his doores. 

4 2 . Get luye and hull, woman deck vp thyne house : 

and take this same brawne, for to seeth and to souse. 
Prouide vs good chere, for thou knowst the old guise : 
olde customes, that good be, let no man dispise. 

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226 A JuindretJi good poyntes of husbandry. 

43. At Christmas be mery, and thanke god of all : 

and feast thy pore neighbours, the great with the small. 
yea al the yere long, haue an eie to the poore : 
and god shall sende luck, to kepe open thy doore. 

44. Good fruite and good plenty, doth well in thy loft : 
then lay for an orcharde, and cherishe it oft. 

The profet is mickell, the pleasure is mutch ; 

at pleasure with profet, few wise men will grutch. 

45. For plantes and for stockes, lay afore hand to cast : 
but set or remoue them, while twelue tide doe last. 
Set one from another, full twenty fote square : 

the better and greater, they yerely will bare. 

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46. When Christmas is done, kepe not Christmas time still : 
be mindefull of rering, and loth for to kill. 

For then, what thou rerist thou nede not to dout : 
will double thy gaine, ere the yere come about. 

47. Be gredy to spende all, and careles to saue: 
and shortly be nedy, and redy to craue. 

be wilfull to kill, and vnskilfull to store : 

and sone giue vp houskeping, longe any more. 

48. Thy calues then, that come betwene new yere and lent : 
saue gladly for store, lest thou after repent. 

For all thing at that time, that colde feleth some : 
shall better beare colde, when the next winter come. 

49. Weane no time thy calfe, vnder xl dales olde : 
and lay for to saue it, as thou sauest golde. 

yet calues that doe fal, betwene change and the prime : 
pas seldome to rere them, but kill them in time. 

50. For stores of thy swine, be thou carefull betwix : 
of one sow at one time, rere seldome past six. 
The fewe that she kepe, much the better shal bee : 
of all thing, one good is worth steruelinges three. 

51. Geld vnder the dame, within fornight at least : 
and saue both thy money, and life of the beast. 
But gelde with the gelder, as many one doe : 
and of halfe a dosen, go geld away two. 



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52. Thy coltes for the sadle, geld yong to be light : 
for cart doe not so, if thou iudgest a right. 
Nor geld not, but when they be lusty and fat : 
for there is a point, to be learned in that. 

53. Geld marefoles, but titts ere and nine dayes of age: 
they die els of gelding, some gelders wil gage. 
But marefoles, both likely of bulke and of bone : 
kepe such to bring coltes, let their gelding alone, 

54. For gaining a trifle, sell neuer thy store : 

for chaunsing on worse, then thine owne were before. 
More larger of body, the better for brede : 
more forward of growing, the better they spede. 

55. Thy sowes, great with fare, that come best for to rere : 
loke dayly thou seest them, and count them full dere. 
For that time, the losse of one fare of thy sowe : 

is greater, then losse of two calues of thy kowe. 

56. A kow good of milk, big of bulke, hayle and sounde, 
is yerely for profet, as good as a pounde. 

And yet, by the yere haue I proued ere now : 
as good to the purse, is a sow as a kow. 

57. Kepe one and kepe both, so thou maist if thou wilt; 
then all shall be saued, and nothing be spilt. 

Kepe two bease, and one sow, and Hue at thine ease : 
and no time for nede, bye thy meate but thou please. 

58. Who both by his calues, and his lambes will be knowne : 
may well kill a neate, and a shepe of his owne. 

And he, that will rere vp a pig in his house : 
shall eate sweter bakon, and cheaper fed sowse. 

59. But eate vp thy veale, pig and lambe being froth : 
and twise in a weeke, go to bed without broth. 
As that man that pas not, but sell away sell : 
shall neuer kepe good house, where euer he dwell. 

60. Spende none but thyneowne, howsoeuer thou spende : 
nor haft not to god ward, for that he doth sende. 
Tythe truly for al thing, let pas of the rest : 

the iust man, his dealinges god prospereth best. 



2 28 A hiindreth good poyntes of husbandry. 

6 1. In January, husbandes that powcheth the grotes : 
will breake vp their lay, or be sowing of otes. 
Sow Jauiuer Otes, and lay them by thy wheate ; 
in May, bye thy hay for thy cattel to eate. 

62. In Feuerell, rest not for taking thine ease : 

get into the grounde with thy beanes, and thy pease. 
Sow peason betimes, and betimes they will come : 
the sooner, the better they fill vp a rome, 

63. In euery grene, where the fence is not thine : 

the thornes stub out cleane, that the grasse may be fine. 
Thy neighbours wil borow, els hack them beliue : 
so neither thy grasse, nor the bushes shall thriue. 

64. Thy seruant, in walking thy pastures aboute : 

for yokes, forkes and rakes, let him loke to finde oute. 

And after at leyser let this be his hier : 

to trimme them and make them at home by the fier. 

65. When frostes will not suffer to ditche nor to hedge : 
then get the an heate, with thy betill and wedge. 

A blocke at the harthe, cowched close for thy life : 
shall helpe to saue fier bote, and please well thy wife. 

66. Then lop for thy fewel, the powlinges well growen : 
that hindreth the corne, or the grasse to be mowen. 
In lopping, and cropping, saue Edder and stake 
thyne hedges, where nede is to mende or to make. 

67. No stick, nor no stone, leaue vnpicked vp clene : 
for hurting thy sieth, or for harming thy grene. 
For sauing of al thing, get home with the rest, 
the snow frozen hardest, thy cart may goe best. 

68. Spare meddowes at shroftide, spare marshes at paske : 
for feare of a drougth, neuer longer time aske. 

Then hedge them, and ditche them, bestow thereon pence : 
for meddow and corne, craueth euer good fence. 

69. And alway, let this be a part of thy care: 

for shift of good pasture, lay pasture to spare. 
Then seauer thy groundes, and so keping them still : 
finde cattel at ease, and haue pasture at will. 



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70. In Marche, sow thy barley thy londe not to colde : 
the drier the better, a hundreth times tolde. 
That tilth harrowde finely, set sede time an ende : 
and praise, and pray God a good haruest to sende. 

7 1 . Sow wheate in a meane, sow thy Rie not to thin ; 
let peason and beanes, here and there, take therein. 
Sow barley and otes, good and thick doe not spare : 
giue lande leaue, her sede or her wede for to bare. 

72. For barley and pease, harrow after thou sowe : 
for rye, harrow first seldome after I trowe. 

Let wheat haue a clodde, for to couer the hedde : 
that after a frost, it may out and goe spredde. 

5f a tiigcc00ion from gu^faantide : 
to a popnt or ttoo of §u0toifcie* 

[72a] Now here I think nedeful, a pawse for to make ; 

to treate of some paines, a good huswife must take. 
For huswifes must husbande, as wel as the man : 
or farewel thy husbandrie, do what thou can. 

[72b] In Marche, and in Aprill, from morning to night : 
in sowing and setting, good huswiues delight. 
To haue in their gardein, or some other plot : 
to trim vp their house, and to furnish their pot. 

[72c] Haue millons at Mihelmas, parsneps in lent : 

in June, buttred beanes, saueth fish to be spent. 
With those, and good pottage inough hauing than : 
thou winnest the heart, of thy laboring man. 

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[72d] From Aprill begin, til saint Andrew be past : 

so long with good huswiues, their dairies doe last. 
Good milche bease and pasture, good husbandes prouide : 
good huswiues know best, all the rest how to guide. 

[726] But huswiues, that learne not to make their owne cheese : 
with trusting of others, haue this for their feese. 
Their milke slapt in corners, their creame al to sost : 
their milk pannes so flotte, that their cheeses be lost. 



230 Of Jmswifry. 

[yzf] Where some of a kowe, maketh yerely a pounde : 

these huswiuescryecreake, for theirvoicewillnotsounde. 
The seruauntes, suspecting their dame lye in waighte : 
with one thing or other, they trudge away straight. 

[72g] Then neighbour (for gods sake) if any such bee ; 
if you know a good seruant, waine her to mee. 
Such maister, suche man, and such mistrcs suche mayde : 
such husbandes and huswiues, suche houses araide. 

[yah] For flax and for hemp, for to haue of her owne : 

the wife must in IMay, take good hede it be sowne. 
And trimme it, and kepe it to serue at a nede : 
the femble to spin, and the karle for her sede. 

[yzi] Good husbandes, abrode seketh al well to haue : 
good huswiues, at home seketh al well to saue. 
Thus hauing and sauing, in place where they meete : 
make profit with pleasure, suche couples to greete. 

73. Both Philip and Jacob, bid put of thy lammes : 
that thinkest to haue any milke of their dammes. 
But Lammas aduiseth thee, milke not to long : 
for hardnes make pouerty, skabbed among. 

74. To milke and to folde them, is much to require : 
except thou haue pasture, to fill their desire. 

But nightes being shorte, and such hede thou mayst take : 
not hurting their bodies, much profit to make. 

75. Milke six ewes, for one kowe, well chosen therefore : 
and double thy dayrie, els trust me no more. 

And yet may good huswiues, that knoweth the skill : 
haue mixt or vnmixt, at their pleasure and will. 

76. For gredy of gaine, ouerlay not thy grownde : 
and then shall thy cattell, be lusty and sownde. 

But pinche them of pasture, while sommer time last : 
and plucke at their tailes, ere & winter be past. 

77. Pinche weannels at no time, of water nor meate : 
if euer thou hope to have them good neate. 

In sommer at al times, in winter in frost : 
if cattell lacke drinke, they be vttcrly lost. 



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78. In May at the furdest, twy fallow thy lande : 

much drougth may cause after, thy plough els to stande. 
That tilth being done, thou hast passed the wurste : 
then after, who plowgheth, plowgh thou with the furste. 

79. In June get thy wedehoke, thy knife and thy gloue: 
and wede out such wede, as the corne doth not loue. 
Slack no time thy weding, for darth nor for cheape : 
thy corne shall reward it, or euer thou reape. 

80. The maywede doth burne, and the thistle doth freate : 
the Tine pulleth downe, both the rie and the wheate. 
The dock and the brake, noieth corne very much : 
but bodle for barley, no weede there is such. 

8 1 . In June washe thy shepe, where the water doth runne : 
and kepe them from dust, but not kepe them from sunne 
Then share them and spare not, at two dales anende, 
the sooner, the better their bodies amende. 

82. Rewarde not the shepe, when thou takest his cote : 
with two or three patches, as brode as a grote ; 
The flie than and wormes, will compel it to pine : 
more paine to thy cattell, more trouble is thine. 

83. But share not thy lammes, till mid July be worne : 
the better their cotes will be growne to be shorne. 
The pie will discharge thee, for pulling the reste : 
the lighter the shepe is, then fedeth it beste. 

84. Saint Mihel byd bees, to be brent out of strife : 
sajnt John bid take honey, with fauour of life. 
For one sely cottage, set south good and warme : 
take body and goodes, and twise yerely a swarme. 

85. At Christmas take hede, if their hiues be to light : 
take honey and water, together wel dight. 

That mixed with strawes, in a dish in their hiues : 
they drowne not, they fight not, thou sanest their lyues. 

86. At midsommer downe with thy brimbles and brakes : 
and after abrode, with thy forkes and thy rakes. 

Set mowers a worke, while the meddowes be growne ; 
the lenger they stande, so much worse to be mowne. 



232 A JiundretJi good poyntes of Jiiishandry. 

87. Prouide of thine owne, to haue all thing at hande : 
els worke and the workman, shall oftentimes stande. 
Loue seldome to borow, that thinkest to saue ; 
who lendeth the one, will loke two thinges to haue. 

88. Good husbandes that laye, to saue all thing vpright : 
for Tumbrels and cartes, haue a shed redy dight, 

A store house for trinkets kept close as a iayle : 
that nothing be wanting, the worthe of a nayle. 

89. Thy cartes would be searched, withoute and within ; 
well cloughted and greased, or hay time begin. 
Thy hay being caried, though carters had sworne : 
the cartes bottome borded, is sauing of corne. 

90. Then muster thy folke, play the captaine thyselfe : 
prouiding them weapon, and suche kinde of pelfe. 
Get bottels and bagges, kepe the fielde in the heate : 
the feare is not muche, but the daunger is great. 

91. With tossing and raking, and setting on cox : 
the grasse that was grene, is now hay for an ox. 
That done, leaue the tieth, lode thy cart and awaye : 
the battell is fought, thou hast gotten the daye. 

92. Then doune with thy hedlondes, thy corne rounde about: 
leaue neuer a dalop, vnmoune or had out. 

Though grasse be but thinne, about barley and pease : 
yet picked vp clene, it shall do thee good ease. 

93. Thr}^fallowe betime, for destroing of weede : 
least thistle and dock, fall a bloming and seede. 
Such season may hap, it shall stande the vpon : 
to till it againe, or the somer be gone. 

94. And better thou warte, so to doe for thy hast : 

then (hardnes) for slougth make thy lande to lie wast. 
A redy good forehorse, is dainty to finde : 
be hindred at first, and come alway behinde. 

95. Thy houses and barnes, would be loked vpon : 
and all thing amended, or haruest come on. 
Thinges thus set in ordre, at quiet and rest : 
thy haruest goeth forwarde and prospereth best. 



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96. Sainct James willeth husbandes, get reapers at hande ; 
the corne, being ripe doe but shead as it stande. 

Be sauing and thankfull, for that god hath sent : 
he sendeth it thee, for the selfe same entent. 

97. Reape well, scatter not, gather cleane that is shorne : 
binde fast, shock a pase, pay the tenth of thy corne. 
Lode salfe, carry home, lose no time, being faier : 
golfe iust, in the barne, it is out of dispaier. 

98. This done, set the pore ouer all for to gleane: 
and after thy cattel, to eate it vp cleane. 
Then spare it for pasture, till rowen be past : 
to lengthen thy dayrey, no better thou hast. 

99. Then welcome thy haruest folke, seruauntes and all : 
with mirth and good chere, let them furnish thine hall. 
The haruest lorde nightly, must geue the a song : 

fill him then the blacke boll, or els he hath wrong. 

100. Thy haruest thus ended, in myrth and in ioye : 
please euery one gently, man woman and boye. 
Thus doing, with alway, such helpe as they can : 
thou winnest the name, of a right husband man. 

Finis. 
Nowe thinke vpon god, let thy tonge neuer cease : 
from thanking of him, for his myghty encrease. 
Accept my good wil, finde no fault tyll thou trye : 
the better thou thryuest, the gladder am I. 

\ A sonet or brief rehersall of the properties 
of the tivelue vionethesafore rehersed. 
As Janeuer fryse pot, bidth corne kepe hym lowe : 
And feuerell fill dyke, doth good with his snowe : 
A bushel of Marche dust, worth raunsomes of gold 
And Aprill his stormes, be to good to be solde : 
As May with his flowers, geue ladies their lust : 
And June after blooming, set carnels so iust : 
As July bid all thing, in order to ripe : 
And August bid reapers, to take full their gripe. 
September his fruit, biddeth gather as fast : 
October bid hogges, to come eate vp his mast : 
As dirtie Nouember, bid threshe at thine ease : 



234 ^ Jiundreth good poyjites of husha7idry. 

December bid Christmas, to spende what he please : 
So wisdom bid kepc, and prouide while we may : 
For age crepeth on as the time passeth away. 
Finis. 

Thinges thriftie, that teacheth the thriuing to thriue ; 
teache timely to trauas, the thing that thou triue. 
Transferring thy toyle, to the times truely tought : 
that teacheth the temperaunce, to temper thy thought. 

To temper thy trauaile, to tarr}^e the tide : 
this teacheth the thriftines, twenty times tride. 
Thinke truely to trauaile, that thinkest to thee : 
the trade that thy teacher taught truely to the. 

Take thankfully thinges, thanking tenderly those : 
that teacheth thee thriftly, thy time to transpose. 
The trouth teached two times, teache thou two times ten 
this trade thou that takest, take thrift to the then. 

II 3jmprintcti at LonDon in flcte $ttete 

toitgin temple barre, at t§e 0pgttc of tfte 

DanD and sitacre, lip IRicgarO ComI, 

tf?c tfjirtJ Hap of jfebruarp, an. 1557. 

Cum priuilegio ad impri- 

mendum solum. 



NOTES AND ILLUSTRATIONS. 



*,* With the exception of the first five Notes, the references are to Chapters and 
Stanzas; thus ^^\, i." means Chapter I. Stanza i. 

(Notes signed M. are from Dr. Mayor's edition of 1812, and those signed T. R. 
are from Hilman's Tusser Rediviviis, 17 10.) 

Page 2, stanza i. " Er in aught be begun;" that is, before a 
beginning be made in anything, the verb being used impersonally. 

2. The directions which are stated briefly in the Abstract will be 
found in the Month's Husbandry in the stanza bearing the same 
number. 

3. " Pilcrowe," the mark of a new paragraph in printing (^). A 
corruption of paragraph, through parcraft, pilcraft, to pilcrow. 
" Paragrapha, pylcraft in wrytynge." — Medulla Gramm. ^' Para- 
graphus, Angh'ce a pargrafte in wrytynge." — Ortus. "Paragraphe or 
Pillcrow, a f^iiU sentence, head or title." — Cotgrave. '■'■ h. Pilkcrow, 
vide Paragraph." — Gouldman. 

Page 3, col. 2, line 2 from bottom. " Crosserowe." " Shee that 
knowes where Christes crosse stands, will neuer forget where great 
A dwells." — Tom Tell-Trothe's New Year's Gift (New Shakspere 
Soc. ed. Furnivall), p. 33. ''The Christs-crosse-row or Hocne- 
booke, wherein a child learnes it." — Cotgrave. The alphabet was 
called the Christ-cross-roiv, some say because a cross was prefixed 
to the alphabet in the old primers ; but as probably from a super- 
stitious custom of writing the alphabet in the form of a cross as a 
charm. This was even solemnly practised by the Bishop in the 
consecration of a church. See Picart's Relig. Ceremonies, vol. i. 
p. 131. — Nares. 

Page 4, col. 2, line 45. "A medicine for the cowlaske." In 
Sloane MS. 1585, f. 152, will be found a recipe for the cure of 
diarrhoea, the components of which appear to be the yolk of a new- 
laid egg, honey, and fine salt. 

1. I. In the edition of 1557, the first stanza of the Epistle reads 
somewhat diff'erently ; see p. 220. 

1. I. " Time trieth the troth," in Latin "Veritas temporis filia," 
occurs in Tottel's Miscellany, 1557, repr. 1867, p. 221. — Hazlitt's 
English Proverbs. 

1. 2. "Vnlesse mischance mischanceth me" = unless fortune is 



236 Notes and Illustrations. 

unkind to me. " Remaine abrode for euermore," i.e. be given to 
the writings of others. 

It is noticeable that though in the Author's Epistle he spells his 
name, most probably for convenience sake, as Tussar, he on all 
other occasions spells it Tuss£?r, which is no doubt correct. In the 
edition of 1557 the name is spelt correctly, although the corre- 
sponding line of the stanza commences with the letter a. See p. 220. 

2. 6. " Like lugurth. Prince of Numid." Jugurtha, an illegiti- 
mate son of Mastanabal, after the death of Micipsa murdered his two 
sons and seized on the sovereignty of Numidia. War was declared 
against him by the Romans, and after some time Metellus drove 
him to such extremes that he was obliged to take refuge with his 
father-in-law, Bocchus, by whom he was given up to Marius, was 
carried in triumph to Rome, and finally starved to death. The 
history of the war against him is related in Sallust's Bellum Jugurth- 
mum. 

" With losses so perfumid ; " i.e. pervaded, thoroughly imbued ; 
we use imbued nearly in the same way. 

2. 7. Harrison, in his Description of England (E.E.T. Soc. ed. 
Furnivall, part i. p. 241), gives a very bad character to the landlords 
of his day: "What stocke of monie soeuer he [the farmer] gathereth 
and laieth vp in all his yeares, it is often scene, that the landlord 
will take such order with him for the same, when he renueth his 
lease, which is commonlie eight or six yeares before the old be 
expired (sith it is now growen almost to a custome, that if he come 
not to his lord so long before, another shall step in for a reuersion, 
and so defeat him out right) that it shall neuer trouble him more 
than the haire of his beard, when the barber hath washed and 
shaued it from his skin. And as they commend these, so (beside 
the decaie of house-keeping whereby the poore haue beene re- 
lieued) they speake also of three things that are growen to be verie 
grieuous vnto them, to wit, the inhansing of rents, latelie men- 
tioned ; the dailie oppression of copiholders, whose lords seeke to 
bring their poore tenants almost into plaine seruitude and miserie, 
dailie deuising new meanes, and seeking vp all the old, how to cut 
them shorter and shorter, doubling, trebling, and noiv and then seuen 
times increasifig their fines ; driuing them also for euerie trifle to 
loose and forfeit their tenures, (by whom the greatest part of the 
realme dooth stand and is mainteined,) to the end they may fleece 
them yet more." See also Norden's Surveyor's Dialogue, ed. 1607, 

P-5I- 

The following curious prayer is in Edward the Sixth's Liturgies : 
— " The earth is Thine, O Lord, and all that is contained therein, 
notwithstanding Thou hast given possession of it to the children of 
men, to pass over the time of their short pilgrimage in this vale of 
misery. We heartily pray Thee to send Thy Holy Spirit into the 
hearts of those that possess the grounds, pastures, and dwelling- 



Notes and Illustrations. 237 

places of the earth, that they, remembering themselves to be Thy 
tenants, may not rack nor stretch out the rents of their houses and 
lands, nor yet take unreasonable fines and incomes after the manner 
of covetous worldlings, but so let them. out to others, that the 
inhabitants thereof may both be able to pay the rents, and also 
honestly to live and nourish their families, and relieve the poor. 
Give them grace also to consider that they are but strangers and 
pilgrims in this world, having here no dwelling-place, but seeking 
one to come ; that they, remembering the short continuance of 
their life, may be contented with that which is sufficient, and not 
join house to house and land to land, to the impoverishment of 
others ; but so behave themselves in letting out their lands, tene- 
ments, and pastures, that after this life they may be received into 
everlasting dwelling-places, through, etc." 

" Fleeces " = fleecings, frauds, impositions. It may, perhaps, be 
used literally, of selling wool at a loss. 

2. 8. " Ictus sapit." This corresponds to our proverb, " The 
burnt child dreads the fire," or perhaps more nearly to " Once bit, 
twice shy." In the " Proverbs of Hendyng " we find it as : " The 
burnt child fire dreadeth, quoth Hendyng." Ray, in his "Collec- 
tion of Proverbs," edit. 1737, says: " Piscator ictus sapit; struck 
by the scorpion fish, or pastinaca, whose prickles are esteemed 
venomous." 

3. 4. If Tusser is here writing literally, the price of his book, in 
" the golden days of good Queen Bess," was only a groat or two at 
the utmost. — ]M. 

3. 7. "Shere" = shire; the construction is — don't think that ^z^^/j 
bit of land (or county) can profit by following my directions, for 
soils differ. Compare chapter 19, stanza 8, p. 48. 

4. I. " Must keepe such code ; " must bustle about, exert them- 
selves. Cf. Scott's " Lord of the Isles," canto v. stanza i : " For 
wake where'er he may, man wakes to care and coil." And Shak- 
spere : " I pray you watch about Signer Leonata's door ; for the 
wedding being there to-morrow, there is a great coil to-night." 

5. I. In the edition of 1570 the first stanza of the " Preface to 
the Buier" reads as follows: 

" What lookest thou herein to haue } 
Trim verses thy fansie to please } 
Of Surry so famous that craue, 

Looke nothing but rudenes in these." 
The reference in the third line being to Henry Howard, Earl of 
Surrey, author of the Translation of the second and fourth Books 
of the ^neid of Virgil, and of numerous other poems, who was 
executed in 1547. In the footnote to this Preface it is stated that 
the metre is peculiar to Shenstone, but this is incorrect, as it is also 
used by Prior : " Despairing beside a clear stream." 
7. line 5. " The sea for my fish," i.e. for my fishpond. 



238 Notes and Illustrations. 

9. I. With "The Ladder to Thrift" we may compare the follow- 
ing " Maxims in -/;'," from the Lansdowne MS. 762, f. 16^ (see 
Babees Book, ed. Furnivall, p. 247) : 
"Aryse erly, 

Serue God devowtely, 

And the worlde besely, 

Doo thy werk wisely, 

Yeue thyne almes secretly, 

Goo by the waye sadly, 

Answer the people demuerly, 

Goo to thy mete appetitely, 

Sit therat discretely, 

Of thy tunge be not to liberally. 

Arise therfrom temperally, 

Go to thy supper soberly, 

And to thy bed merely, 

Be in thyn Inne jocundely, 

Please thy loue duely. 

And slepe suerly." 
9. 12. " Familie," here used in the sense of the Latin original 
yaff2//yc= household, servants. Compare chap. 73, st. 13. 

9. 29. Compare Shakspere, Richard II. Act ii. sc. 4, 24 : "And 
crossly to the good all fortune goes." 

9. 30, note. "To bridle wild otes fantasie," i.e. to restrain the 
excesses of youth. 

10. 4. "Well to account of which honest is not;" never think 
highly of that which is not honourable, or honestly come by. 

10. 5. Cf. Hebrews xiii. 4 : " Marriage is honourable in all, and 
the bed undefiled." Tusser evidently does not appreciate " love in 
a cottage." 

10. 8. "Giue ouer to sudgerne, that thinkest to thee ;" i.e. make 
up your mind to settle down in one place and to give up roaming 
about, if you hope to prosper, lest the grumbling of your hosts 
and the wants of the nurses prove too expensive for you. Compare 
" The Dialogue of Wiving and Thriving," stanza 3, p. 152. 

10. 10. Dr. Mavor suggests that the third line of this stanza 
should read : " Of tone or them both," " meaning, if we smell the 
savour of saving or winning or them both." 

10. 1 1. A fool and his money are soon parted. 

10. 12. "Good bargaine a dooing," etc. When you have a chance 
of making a good bargain, don't let every one know ; but when you 
want to sell anything, then let it be published abroad as widely as 
possible. In the first case don't hesitate or haggle about it, but 
" take the ball on the hop ; " in the second, don't be in a hurry to 
take the first off'er, if you are not ashamed of what you wish to sell. 

10. 14. " Of the complaint of such poore tenants as paie rent 
come vnto their landlords, I speake not, who are often dealt withall 



Notes aftd Illustrations. 239 

very hardlie. For beside that in the measuring of ten quarters, for 
the most part they lose one through the iniquitie of the bushell 
(such is the greedinesse of the appointed receiuers thereof), fault 
is found also with the goodnesse and cleannesse of the graine. 
Wherby some peece of monie must needs passe vnto their purses to 
stop their mouths withall, or else my lord will not like of the 
corne : ' Thou are worthie to loose thy lease, etc' Or if it be 
cheaper in the market, than the rate allowed for it is in their rents, 
then must they paie monie, and no corne, which is no small 
extremitie." — Harrison, part i. p. 301. 

10. 15. "In this quatrain all the later editions of our author 
read uniformly misers for michers (thieves or pilferers). What kind 
oi misers 'unthriftiness' would make never seems to have been con- 
sidered. ' Careless and rash ' is a gallicism for carelessness and 
rashness." — M. " Mychare, capax, cleps, furunculus." — Prompt. 
Parv. 

" Mychers, hedge crepers, fylloks and lushes. 
That all the somer kepe dyches and bushes." — The 
Hyeway to the Spytell House, ed. Atterson, ii. 11. See also Town- 
ley Mysteries, pp. 216, 308. '■'■ Caqueraffe, a base micher, scurvie 
hagler, lowsie dodger, etc. Caqueduc, a niggard, micher, etc." — 
Cotgrave. 

10. 17. "Make hunger thy sauce." This is the proverb "hunger 
is the best sauce," which is reckoned amongst the aphorisms of 
Socrates : " Optimum cibi condimentum fames, sitis potus." — 
Cicero, De Finibus, Bk. H. 

10. 19. " Mastive, Bandog, Molossus." — Baret's Alvearie, 1580. 
"The tie-dog or band-dog, so called bicause manie of them are 
tied up in chaines and strong bonds, in the dale time, for dooing 
hurt abroad, which is an huge dog, stubborne, ouglie, eager, bur- 
thenous of bodie (and therefore but of little swiftnesse), terrible 
and fearfull to behold, and oftentimes more fierce and fell than anie 

Archadian or Corsican cur They take also their name of 

the word 'mase' and 'theefe' (or 'master theefe' if you will), bicause 
they often stound and put such persons to their shifts in townes 
and villages, and are the principall causes of their apprehension and 
taking." — Harrison, Descrip. of England, part ii. pp. 44-5. "We 
han great Baridogs will teare their skins." — Spenser, Shep. Cal. 
September. 

10. 20. " The credite of maister," etc. If servants are allowed 
the credit or trust, which should only be allowed to their master 
and mistress, much trouble will be the result. 

10. 21. " Be to count ye wote what," that is, nothing to signify, 
of little importance. 

10. 22. "So, twentie lode bushes," etc. So, without proper 
management, twenty loads of bushes may be so wasted as only to 
serve for the stopping of a single gap. 



240 Notes and Illustrations. 

"A" = one, a single: a very common use in Early English ; cf. 
William of Nassington's " Myrrour of Lyfe," lines 2, 3 ; 
" Fader and Sonne and Haly Gaste 
That er a God als we trowe maste " — that is, one God. 
10. 24. Some, upon Sundays, have their tables covered with 
smoking dishes, and then have to seek, i.e. do without dinners for 
the rest of the week, 

10. 28. " Skarborow warning." Grose says it means, "A word 
and a blow and the blow first." R. J. S. in Notes and Queries, ist 
Ser. i. 170, adds that it is a common proverb in Yorkshire. Fuller 
states that the saying arose from " Thomas Stafford, who in the 
reign of INIary, a.d. 1557, with a small company, seized on Scar- 
borough Castle, and before the townspeople had the least notice of 
their approach." Another explanation is that, if ships passed the 
castle without saluting it, a shotted gun was fired at them. In a 
ballad by Heywood another derivation is given : 

" This term Scafborow wartiitig grew (some say) 
By hasty hanging for rank robbery theare. 
Who that was met, but suspect in that 'way. 
Strait he was trust up, whatever he were." 
This implies that Scarborough imitated the Halifax gibbet law. — 
N. & Q. I St Ser. i. 138. In a letter by Toby Matthew, Bishop of 
Durham, to the Archbishop of York, Jan. 19, 1603, he writes: 
" When I was in the midst of this discourse I received a message 
from my Lord Chamberlain that it was his Majesty's pleasure that 
I should preach before him on Sunday next, which Scarborough 
warfting did not only perplex me, but so puzzel me as no mervail if 
somewhat be pretermitted, which otherwise I might have better 
remembered." — N. & Q. 4th Ser. xii. 408. " Scarborough warn- 
ing. The antiquity of the phrase is shown by its occurrence 
in Puttenham's 'Arte of English Poetrie,' ed. 1589. The following 
is the passage, from p. 199 of Arber's reprint: [We have] 'many 
such prouerbiall speeches : as, Totnesse is turned French, for a strange 
alteration : Skarboroiv wariiing, for a sodaine commandement, 
allowing no respect or delay to bethinke a man of his busines.' " — 
Note by Rev. W. Skeat. See also Ray's Proverbs. 

10. 28. "Sir I arest yee ; " that is, the Sheriff's officer, who, 
touching your arm, would use these words. 

10. 29. "Legem pone," a curious old proverbial or cant term for 
ready money. 

" There are so manie Danaes now a dayes. 
That love for lucre, paine for gaine is sold ; 
No true affection can their fancie please. 
Except it be a love, to raine downe gold 
Into their laps, which they wyde open hold ; 
If legem pone comes, he is receav'd, 
When vix haud habes is of hope bereav'd." — 

The Affectionate Shepheard, 1594. 



Notes and Illustrations. 241 

"But in this there is nothing to bee abated, all their speech is, legem 
pone, or else with their ill custome they will detaine thee." — G. 
Minshul, Essays in Prison. 

" Ore?)iics" from Lat. orare=io beg, here means making excuses 
for non-payment of debts. 

" FrcEsia qticcsumus " = lend me, I pray. Compare Pres/e=a. loan, 
Prefoes=\oa.ns, in Halliwell. A lender hates to hear a man say Frces/a . 

The word "collects" is used here in its original meaning of 
short prayers ; thus the prayers before the Epistle and Gospel in 
the Prayer Book are called Collects, as containing briefly the 
lessons of the Epistle and Gospel. 

10. 30. " Nor put to thy hand," etc. ; that is, do not meddle in 
the business of other people, and be careful whom you assist, lest 
by being too free and generous you yourself may be put to incon- 
venience. Ray gives: "Put not thy hand between the bark and 
the tree," that is, do not meddle in family affairs. 

10. 32. et scq. Tusser here, while acknowledging the necessity 
and advantages of the practice of "giving credit" in business, im- 
presses strongly upon his readers the dishonesty and danger of 
promiscuous borrowing and lending, either to relations or friends, 
winding up with the advice never to trust a man who has once 
broken his engagements, without a surety, and never to lend a 
second time to a man who is angry with you for asking for payment 
of what he already owes. 

10. 35. "The foole at the bottom, the wise at the brim;" re- 
ferring to the proverb, " Better spare at brim than at bottom," that 
is, " Better be frugal in youth, than be reduced to the necessity of 
being saving in age." Ray also gives another proverb of a similar 
character, " 'Tis too late to spare when the bottom is dry." "Sera 
in fundo parsimonia." — Seneca, Epist. i. 

10. 36. " Felix quern faciunt aliena pericula cautum." Cf. Bar- 
bour's Bruce, ed. Skeat, p. 612. 

10. 39. "Stands thee vpon." Compare Shakspere, King Richard 

II. Act ii. sc. 3, 138 : "// stands your grace upon to do him right ; " 
and, " // stands me much up07i, 

To stop all hopes whose growth may damage me." — Richard 

III. Act iv. sc. 2, 59. 

10. 45. "Jankin and Jenikin" are only names for servants in 
general. 

10. 46. " The proverb says, and who'd a proverb cross } 

That stones, when rolling, gather little moss." — Vade 
Mecum for Malt Worms, 1720, p. 6 (part 2). See also Ray's Pro- 
verbs. Cf. " On the stone that styll doth turne about, 

There groweth no mosse." — Sir T. Wiat, " How to 
use the Court," 1. 4. A similar proverb occurs in Piers Plowman, 
A Text, Passus x. 1. 10 1 : " Selden moseth the marbel-ston that 
men ofte treden." Cf. also, " Syldon mossyth the stone J^at oftyn 

16 



242 Notes and Illustrations. 

ys tornyd and wende." — "How the good wife taught her daughter," 
pr. in Q. Elizabeth's Achademy, ed. Furnivall, p. 39. In the Verses 
on Lord Burghley's Crest (printed in Thynne's Animaduersions, 
Chaucer Soc. ed. Furnivall), stanza 32, we read : 

" And prouerbe olde was not deuis'd in veyne, 
That ' roolinge stone doth neuer gather mosse' ; 
Who lightly leaves in myddest of all his peine, 
His former labor frustrates with his losse ; 
But who continues as he did begynne. 
Withe equall course the pointed goale doth wynne." 
See also chapt. 77. 20, p. 170. 

10. 48. "Of all [the lawyers] that euer I knew in Essex, Denis 
and Mainford excelled, till John of Ludlow, alias Mason, came in 
place, vnto whome in comparison they two were but children : 
for this last in lesse than three or foure yeares, did bring one man 
(among manie else-where in other places) almost to extreame 
miserie (if beggerie be the vttermost) that before he had the 
shauing of his beard, was valued at two hundred pounds (I speake 
with the least) and finallie feeling that he had not sufficient wher- 
with to susteine himselfe and his familie, and also to satisfie that 
greedie rauenour, which still called vpon him for new fees, he went 
to bed, and within foure dales made an end of his wofuU life, euen 
with care and pensiuenesse. After his death also he so handled 
his Sonne, that there was neuer sheepe shorne in Male, so neere 
clipped of his fleece present, as he was of manie to come : so that 
he was compelled to let awaie his land, bicause his cattell and 
stocke were consumed, and he no longer able to occupie the 
ground." — Harrison, Descript. of Eng. part i. pp. 206-7. 

"Daw"=a chattering fool. See Peacock's Glossary (Eng. Dial. 
Soc). 

10. 49. From this stanza it would seem that sportsmen did not 
hesitate to trespass on the lands of others in former days any more 
than at present, but in such cases Tusser recommends'the " mild 
answer which turneth away wrath," and sets out the advantages of 
courteousness and respect to one's superiors. 

10. 51. " That flesh might be more plentifuU and better cheaper, 
two dales in the weeke, that is Fryday and Saturday, are specially 
appointed to fish, and now of late yeares, by the prouidence of our 
prudent Princesse, Elizabeth, the Wednesday also is in a manner re- 
strained to the same order, not for any religion or holinesse sup- 
posed to be in the eating of fish rather than of flesh, but onely for 
the ciuill policie as I haue said. That as God hath created both 
for man's use, so both being used or refrained at certaine seasons, 
might by that entercourse be more abundant. And no doubt, if all 
dales appointed for that purpose were duly obserued, but that flesh 
and fish both would be much more plcntifull, and beare Icsse price 
than they doe. For accounting the Lent season, and all fasting 



Notes mid Illustrations. 243 

daies in the yeare together with Wednesday and Friday and Satur- 
day, you shall see that the one halfe of the yeare is ordeined to 
eate fish in." — Cogan's Haven of Health, ed. 1612, p. 138. 

" It is lawfuU for euerie man to feed vpon what soeuer he is able 
to purchase, except it be vpon those daies whereon eating of flesh 
is especiallie forbidden by the lawes of the realme, which order is 
taken onelie to the end our numbers of cattell may be the better 
increased, and that aboundance of fish which the sea yeeldeth, more 
generallie receiued. Beside this, there is great consideration had 
in making of this law for the preseruation of the nauie, and main- 
tenance of conuenient numbers of sea faring men, both which 
would otherv/ise greatlie decaie, if some meanes were not found 
whereby they might be increased." — Harrison, Descript. of Eng. 
part i. p. 144. 

The following menu for a fish day is given in the Liber Cure 
Cocorum, p. 54, ed. Morris : 

" For a servise on fysshe day. 

Fyrst white pese and porray Jiou take, 
Cover \y white heryng for goddys sake ; 
pen cover red heryng, and set abufe, 
And mustard on heghe, for goddys lufe ; 
pen cover salt salmon on hast, 
Salt ele ]?er wyth on J^is course last. 
For J7e secunde course, so god me glad, 
Take ryse and fletande fignade, 
pan salt fysshe and stok fysshe take Jiou schalle, 
For last of j^is course, so fayre me falle. 
For Jie iii cours sowpys done fyne. 
And also lamprouns in galentyne, 
Bakun turbut and sawmon ibake 
Alle fresshe, and smalle fysshe J'ou take 
perwith, als troujte, sperlynges, and menwus with al, 
And loches to horn sawce versance shal." 
See also the Babees Book, ed. Furnivall, p. 50. 

10. 60. " Setteth his soule vpon sixe or on seauen," that is, risks 
his life on the cast of a die. 

11. " Sit downe Robin and rest thee." I was inclined to think 
that this was the burden of some ballad, but Mr. Chappell, to 
whom I applied, is of opinion that it was not. 

"An habitation inforced," etc., i.e. it is better to settle down, 
even late in life, than not at all. Comp. chap. 10, stanza 8, p. 19. 

12. I. For a great portion of the year the only animal food eaten 
was in a salted state. In the autumn as much meat was cured as 
would last the w^inter ; and until the pastures had been for some 
time abundant, that is, not until Midsummer, there were no means 
of fattening cattle. After the winter months, veal and bacon were 
welcomed as the precursors of fresh beef; and those who lived 



244 Notes a7id Illustrations. 

near the sea-coast enjoyed the addition of fresh fish ; but the state 
of the roads prevented the inland parts of the countrj' partaking of 
this benefit. The consumption of fish during Lent and on other 
fast-days, comprising a great part of the year, being expressly 
directed by statute, the people, even after the abolition of the old 
religion, provided themselves at several large fairs held almost 
expressly for the sale and distribution of salt-fish. 

12. 3. " Veale and Bakon is the man," i.e. is the proper food, or 
is in season. 

" Martilmas beef," beef killed at IMartinmas, and dried for winter 
use. " Biefe salted, dried up in the chimney, IMartlemas biefe." — 
Hollyband's Diet. 1593. See note to 1. 383 of Wallace, in Speci- 
mens of Eng. Literature, ed. Skeat, p. 391. 

" Beefe is a good meate for an Englysshe man, so be it the 
beest be yonge, and that it be not kowe-flesshe ; for olde beefe 
and kowe-flesshe doth ingender melancolye and leporouse hu- 
moures. Yf it be moderatly powderyd, that the groose blode by 
sake may be exhaustyd, it doth make an Englysshe man strowge, 
the educacion of hym with it co«syder}d. INIartylmas beef, whiche 
is called 'hanged beef in the rofe of the smoky howse, is not 
laudable ; it maye fyll the bely, and cause a man to drynke, but it 
is euyll for the stone, and euyll of dygestyon, and maketh no good 
iuce. If a man haue a peace hangynge by his syde, and another in 
his bely, that the whiche doth hange by the syde shall do h}Tn 
more good, yf a showre of rayne do chaunse, than that the which 
is in his bely, the appetyde of mans sensualyte notwithstandynge." 
— Andrew Boorde's Dyetary, E. E, Text Soc. edit. F. J. Furnivall, 
chap. xvi. 

"In a hole in the same Rock was three Barrels of nappy 
liquour ; thither the Keeper brought a good Red-Deere Pye, cold 
Roast Mutton, and an excellent shooing-horn of hang'd Martimas 
Biefe." — 1639, John Taylor, Part of this Summers Travels, p. 26. 

" Bacon is good for carters, and plowe men, the which be euer 
labouryng in the earth or dunge ; but and yf they haue the stone 
and vse to eate it, they shall synge ' wo be to the pye I ' Where- 
fore I do say that coloppes and egges is as holsome for them as a 
talowe candell is good for a horse mouth, or a peece of powdred 
Beefe is good for a blere eyed mare." — A. Boorde, Regjinent, fo. 
K iii. b. 

" As for bacon it is in no wise commended as wholsome, especially 
for students, or such as haue feeble stomacks. But for labouring 
men it is conuenient according to that Latine prouerbe, grosse 
meate for grosse men." — Cogan's Haven of Health, p. 116, 

12. 4. The farmers in old times were greater economists than 
now. " Old crones and such old things," it seems, fell commonly 
to their own share, while the best meat was probably sold. — M. 
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Notes and Illustrations. 245 

12. 5. "All Saints doe laie," etc. All Saints' Day expects or lays 
itself out for pork and souse, sprats and smelts for the household. 

" When it [the bore] is killed, scalded, and cut out, of his former 
parts is our brawne made, the rest is nothing so fat, and therefore 
it beareth the name of sowse onelie, and is commonly reserved for 
the sen-ing-man and hind, except it please the owner to have anie 
part ther of baked, which are then handed of custome after this 
manner. The hinder parts being cut off, they are first drawne with 
lard, and then sodden ; being sodden, they are sowsed in claret 
wine and vineger a certeine space and afterward baked in pasties, 
and eaten of manie in steed of the wild bore, and trulie it is ver\' 
good meat. The pestles^ may be hanged up a while to drie before 
they be drawne with lard if you will, and thereby prove the better." 
— Harrison, Descrip. of Eng. part ii. p. 11. 

" Spurlijigs are but broad Sprats, taken chiefly on our Northern 
coast; which being drest and pickled as Anchovaes be in Provence, 
rather surpass them than come behind them in taste and goodness. 
.... As for Red Sprats and Spurh'jigs, I vouchsafe them not the 
name of any wholesome nourishment, or rather of no nourishment 
at all ; commending them for nothing, but that they are bawdes to 
enforce appetite and ser\-e well the poor man's turn to quench 
hunger." — Muifett, p. 169, quoted in The Babees Book, ed. Furnivall. 
" Smelt=Spirling or Sparling in Scotland, Salmo Sperlanus." — 
Yarrell, N'ames of British Fishes. " A Sperlynge, ipimera, sper- 
h'ngus." — Catholicon Anglicum. See also Glossary to Specimens 
of Early Eng., ed. INIorris and Skeat. 

12. 6. " Embrings." Ember days or weeks, set apart for con- 
secrating to God the four seasons of the j'ear, and for imploring 
his blessing by fasting and prayer. They were settled by the 
Council of Placentia a.d. 1095. — M. Embring is a more correct 
form, being nearer to ^JS). ymlrcn. A connexion with Ger. qiiatemher 
is out of the question. 

12. 7. See as to the law relating to fasting and fish days, the 
note on 10. 51. 

13. 5. "It is an ill winde turnes none to good," i.e. turns to good 
for none. 

" An yll v,-ynd that blowth no man good. 
The blower of whych blast is she ; 
The lyther lustes bred of her broode 

Can no way brede good propertye." — Song against 
Idleness, by John Heywood, circa 1540. 

" Ah ! Sirra ! it is an old proverb and a true 
I sware by the roode ! 

It is an il wind that bloues no man to good." — ^Marriage 
of Wit and Wisdom, 1570. Quoted in Hazlitt's Handbook of 
Proverbs, p. 24.0. 

^ legs. 



246 Notes and Illustrations. 

" Leaue anker in mud," I.e. drift, and break away from their 
anchorage. 

14. 3. "If great she appereth," i.e. if seen through a dense 
atmosphere, which causes her to appear much larger, it is an indi- 
cation of approaching rain. The reverse is the case when the 
atmosphere is rare, and the orb of the moon appears small. 

14. 4. "Tyde flowing is feared," etc. "The Spaniards think 
that all who die of chronic diseases breathe their last during the 
ebb." — The Doctor, p. 207. Compare also in David Copperfield, 
" Mr. Barkis going out with the tide." Tusser, however, seems to 
mean that it was the flow and not the ebb which was dangerous to 
sick persons. 

15. 8. " He that fast spendeth must need borrow, 

But when he must pay again, then is all the sorrow." — 
IMS. of 15th cent, in Rel. Antiqua, vol. i. p. 316. 

16. I. September is the month when the annual labours of agri- 
culture begin their round, and it is therefore, justly, put first in the 
Calendar of farming. Some, indeed, take their bargains from 
Lady-day; but this is by no means so convenient as Michaelmas. — M. 

16. 2. The off-going tenant of champion or open field, as is 
still customary, allows the in-coming tenant to summer fallow that 
portion of the ground which is destined for wheat. But the occupier 
of woodland or inclosures holds the whole till the expiration of his 
term, unless certain stipulations are made by lease ; and without a 
lease, neither the real interest of the tenant nor the landowner can 
be consulted. — INI. 

16. 3. " Buieng or selling of pig in a poke," t.e. making a blind 
bargain. 

"A good cochnay coke, 
Though ye loue not to bye the pyg in the poke. 
Yet snatche ye at the poke, that the pyg is in. 
Not for the poke, but the pyg good chepe to wyn." — Hey- 

wood's Dialogue (1546), ed. 1562, part ii. cap. 9. See also Hazlitt's 

Handbook of English Proverbs, p. 413. 

17. I . A gq/e is a mow (rick) ; and the ^^-ladder is for the 
thresher to ascend and descend, in order to throw down the sheaves 
with the assistance of the s/iort pitch-fork, while the lo7ig was prob- 
ably for pitching the straw. The straw-fork and rake were to turn 
the straw from off" the threshed corn, and they^w and wing to clean 
it. A cartnave might be required to stand on in this operation. A 
casting sJiovet, such as maltmen use, enables the farmer to select the 
best and heaviest grain for seed, as they always fly farthest if thrown 
with equal force. — M. 

17. 3. A skep is a small basket or wooden vessel with a handle, 
to fetch corn in and for other purposes. — INI. 

17. 4. '■'■ Apernc is an old provincial pronunciation, adopted from 
a still q\Ag.x napa-ti oxnappern; and Halliwell observes, \\\7x\. 7iappern 



Notes and Illustrations. 247 

is still the pronunciation in the North of England. This word is 
interesting as illustrating two points : (i) the shifting of r, so that 
the various pronunciations of apern and apron correspond to the 
variations hrid for bird, and biird for hride ; and (2) the loss of the 
initial n ; for apron is for Fr. naperon, a large napkin ; see Roque- 
fort and Wedgwood. Naperon, without n and e, is apron ; without 
n and 0, it is apern:' — Rev. Walter W. Skeat in N. & Q. 1869. 

" To make whyte lethyre. Take halfe an unce of whyte coperose 
and di. j. of alome, and salle-peter the mowntance of the yolke of 
an cgge, and yf thou vv'olle have thy skynne thykke, take of whetmele 
ij handfulle, and that is sufficient for a galone of water; and if thou 
wolle have thy skynne rynnyng, take of ry mele ij handfulle, and 
grynd alle thyes saltes smale, and caste hem into lewke warme 
water, and let heme melt togedyre, and so alle in ewene warme 
water put therein thy skynne. And if hit be a velome skynne, lett 
hit be thereinne ix days and ix nyjtes . . . and if hit be a parche- 
ment skyne, let hit ly thereinne iv days and iv nyjtes ; . . . thanne 
take coperose of the whyttest the quantite of ij benys for j skynne 
and the yolke of j egge, and breke hit into a dysse, and than put 
water over the fyre, and put thereinne thy coperas, and than put 
thy yolke in thy skyne, and rub hit alle abowte, and thanne ley thy 
skynne in the seyde water, and let hit ly, ut dictum est." — From the 
Porkington MS. 15th cent. 

17. 5. A Pannel and Ped have this difference, the one is much 
shorter than the other, and raised before and behind, and serves 
for small burdens ; the other is longer and made for Burdens of 
Corn. These are fastened with a leathern Girt, called a Wantye. 
— T. R. Miss Mitford, in her " Recollections," writes that her 
father, who used to ride a favourite gentle blood-mare, had z. pad 
constructed, perched and strapped upon which, and encircled by 
his arm, she used to accompany him. 

17. 6. A cart or wagon whose wheels are hooped and clouted with 
iron is called in Lincoln a shod-cart or shod-ivain. In the Paston 
Letters, ed. Gairdner, vol. ii. p. 245, we have "clot shon'' = hoo\.^ 
tipped with iron. "Clowte of a shoo, pictasiumr — Prompt. Parv. 
Cf. Milton, Comus, 1. 634: 

" The dull swain 
Treads on it daily with his clouted shoon." 
In Lancashire a " Clout-nail " is a large nail used for fixing iron 
clouts on the wooden axle-trees of carts. 

17. 7. "Ten sacks," each holding a coome or four bushels, are 
only sufficient for a single load of wheat ; but farms were not so 
large, nor the produce so great when Tusser wrote. 

A pulling hook is a barbed iron for drawing firing from the wood 
stack. — M. 

17. 9. "A nads"=an adze, an instance (like a nall=an awl, 
above) of the n of the article being joined to the following vowel. 



248 Notes mid Illustrations. 

Similarly we have " atte nalc":=at the ale-house, a corruption of 
A.S. set ]7an ale. — See Piers Plowman, ed. Skeat, B. Text, Prologue, 
1. 43. So in Sir Thomas More's Workes, 1557, p. 709, we have "A 
verye nodypoU yiydyote " for idiot. Other instances of the prefixed 
n are "nonce, a nother, nagares (=augers)." Cf. "One axe, a bill, 
iiij nagares, ij hatchettes, an ades," etc. — Shakspereana Genealogica, 
1869, p. 472. 

" A Douercourt beetle " is explained by Dr. Mavor as " one that 
is large (like the rood of Dover once so celebrated) and capable 
of making a great noise," and he adds that " there is an old 
proverb ' A Dover Court : all speakers and no hearers.' " But this 
explanation is entirely erroneous : there is no reference whatever 
to Dover, but, as the following extract will show, a Dovercourt beetle 
simply means one made of the wood of the elms of Dovercourt in 
Essex, which were celebrated for their soundness and lasting 
qualities : " Of all the elms that euer I saw, those in the south side 
of Douer court, in Essex neere Harwich, are the most notable, for 
they growe, I meane, in crooked maner, that they are almost apt 
for nothing else but nauie timber, great ordinance, and beetels ; and 
such thereto is their naturall qualitie, that being vsed in the said 
behalfe, they continue longer, and more long than anie the like 
trees in whatsoeuer parcell else of this land, without cuphar,' shak- 
ing or cleaning, as I find." — Harrison, Descr. of Eng. part i. p. 341. 

17. 10. In the Hist, of Hawsted, Suffolk, by Sir J. Cullum, 2nd 
ed. p. 216, we are told that there, in the 14th century, oxen were as 
much used as horses ; and, in ploughing heavy land, would go 
forward where horses would stop. "A horse kept for labour ought 
to have every night the 6th part of a bushel of oats ; for an ox, 3J 
measures of oats, 10 of which make a bushel, are sufficient for a 
week." 

17. II. "The ploughstaflf is alluded to by Strutt (Manners and 
Customs, ii. 12) : 'The ploughman yoketh oxen to the plough, and 
he holdeth the plough-stilt \i.e. principal hale or handle] in his left 
hand, and in his right hand the ploughstaff to break the clods.' 
See plate 32 (vol. i.) in Strutt, and the picture of a plough at work 
prefixed to Mr. Wright's edition of Piers the Plowman, copied from 
MS. T. [MS. R. 3. 14, Trin. Coll. Camb.]." — Piers Plowman, ed. 
Skeat, B. vi. 105. 

17. 13. " Hoigh de la roy," that is, excellent or proper; but why, 
I cannot say. 

17. 14. A cradle is a three-forked instrument of wood, on 
which the corn is caught as it falls from the scythe, and thus is laid 
in regular order. It is heavy to work with ; but is extremely useful 
for cutting barley or oats, which are intended to be put into 
sheaves. — M. 

17. 17. Tar was the common salve for all sores in cattle. "Two 

' Cracking. 



Notes and Illustrations. 249 

pounds of tar to a pound of pitch," is a good composition for 
sheep marks. — ]\I. "Every shepherd used to c^iXxyz. tar-box, called 
a tarre-hoyste in the Chester Plays, p. 121, or a terre-powghe (=tar 
pouch) in P. PI. Crede, 1. 6i8. It held a salve containing tar which 
was used for anointing sores in sheep. Compare 
" Heare is tarre in a potte 
To heale from the rotte." — Chester Plays, p. 120. 
See also History of Agriculture and Prices in England, by J. E. 
Thorold Rogers, vol. i. p. 31. Note to P. Plowman, ed. Skeat, C. 
X. 262-264. 

17. 18. "Sealed and true," i.e. certified and stamped as correct. 
In Liber Albus, ed. Riley, p. 233, we read : " No brewster or 
taverner shall sell from henceforth by any measure but the gallon, 
pottle, and quart ; and that these shall be sealed with the seal of 
the Alderman," etc. See also the Statute of Sealed Measures, id. 
p. 290. 

16. 9. Striking is the last ploughing before the seed is com- 
mitted to the ground ; previously to which the ridges are to be 
harrowed. 

16. 13. " Sowe barlie and dredge." In the 13th century the 
grain crops chiefly cultivated in England were wheat, " berecorn," 
dragg, or a mixture of vetches and oats, beans and pease. The 
regulations for the brewers of Paris in 125+ prescribe that they 
shall brew only " de grains, c'est k savoir d'orge de mestuel, et de 
dragee.^' " Dredge mault, malt made of oats, mixed with barley 
malt, of which they make an excellent quick sort of drink." — Bp. 
Kennett's Gloss. "A mixture of oates and barley ; and at present 
used very seldom in malting."— T. R. " Dragee aux chevaux, pro- 
vender of divers sorts of pulse mixed together." — Cotgrave. From 
Way's Notes in Prompt. Parv. s. v. Dragge. 

16. 14. 17. 13. "Mother, moether." This word is derived by 
Sir H. Spelman from Danish moerz=z2in unmarried girl. ^' Puera, 
a woman chylde, callyd in Cambrydgeshyre a 7?iodder." '■'■ Pupa, 
a yonge wenche, a gyrle, a modder." — Elyot's Lat. Diet. 1538. 
" Fille, a maid, girle, modder, lasse." — Cotgrave. Ben Jonson uses 
the word in his "Alchymist": "Away, you talk like a foolish 
mauther.'' — Act iv. sc. 7. Richard Brome also has it in the Eng. 
Moor, Act iii. sc. i. : 

P. " I am a mother, that do want a service. 

Qu. O, thou'rt a Norfolk woman (cry thee mercy,) 

Where maids are mothers, and motliers are maids." 
" I have been informed by an intelligent friend, who is a native of 
Norfolk, that on a certain trial in that county, it was asked who was 
the evidence of what had been stated. The answer was, 'A mat her 
playing on a planchard.' The Judge was nonplussed, till the 
meaning was explained, namely, *A girl playing on the floor.' " — M. 

16. 14. Forby (Vocab. 1830) says: "Crow-keeper, a boy em- 



250 Notes and Illustrations. 

ployed to scare crows from new sown land. Lear, in his madness, 
says: 'That fellow handles his bow like a crow-keeper.' Besides 
lustily whooping, he carries an old gun, from which he cracks a 
little powder, and sometimes puts in a few stones, but seldom hits, 
and still seldomer kills a crow." Cf. Romeo and Juliet, Act i. sc. 4: 
" Scaring the ladies like a crow-keeper." 

16. 16. A IMarsh Wall is a Sea bank, made with considerable 
slope to sea-ward, which is called a Break or Breck; it is faced with 
Turf which sometimes is worn by the sea, or Holes made in it by 
Crabs, etc. The Foreland is a piece of Land that lies from the 
foot of the Bank to Sea-ward, and must be well look'd after, that 
it wear not away or come too near the Bank (as the Workmen term 
it).— T. R. 

16. 22. A brawner should be kept cool and hard, which en- 
creaseth his shield, as the skin of the shoulder is called. — i\L 

16. 23. IMeasles in hogs are small round globules or pustules 
that lie along the muscles ; and are occasioned by uncleanness and 
want of water. — M. 

16. 24. The retting of hemp, as it is called, should be done with 
care. It should be taken out of the water as soon as it begins to 
swim. The smell left by hemp and flax is extremely unpleasant, as 
travellers in the flax districts of the North of Ireland well know. 

16. 28. "In time of plenty of mast, our red and fallow deere 
will not let to participat thereof with our hogs, more than our 
nete : yea, our common pultrie also, if they may come vnto them. 
But as this abundance dooth prooue verie pernicious vnto the first, 
so the egs which these latter doo bring foorth (beside blackenesse 
in color and bitternesse of tast,) haue not seldome beene found to 
breed diuerse diseases vnto such persons as haue eaten of the 
same." — Harrison, Descrip. of Eng. part i. p. 339. 

16. 31. If your dog sets chaunting (crying) these lawless hogs, 
haunting (or frequenting) your fields so often, he does you a benefit. 

16. 34. Shaken timber is such as is full of clefts and cracks. 

Besioive and stick it, is to lay the boards neatly on each other, 
with sticks between, to admit the air. 

16. 37. The hook and line is a cord with a hook at its end to 
bind up anything with, and carry it away. — M. 

18. 3. " Flaies," probably a misprint in the edition of 1580 for 
flails, which is the reading of the other editions. 

18. 32. Cotgrave has: " Hastiveau, a hasting apple or peare ; " 
and " Hastivel, as Hastiveau ; or a soon-ripe apple, called the St. 
John's apple." Lacroix (Manners, Customs, etc., during the Middle 
Ages, p. 116) mentions "hastiveau, an early sort of pear." 

18. 48. " Vergis and perie." "Verjuice is well known to be the 
juice of Crabs, but it is not so much taken notice of, that for 
strength and flavour it comes little short if not exceeds lime-juice." 
— T. R. " Verjuice, or green juice, which, with vinegar, formed 



Notes and Illustrations. 251 

the essential basis of sauces, and is now extracted from a species 
of green grape, which never ripens, was originally the juice of 
sorrel; another sort was extracted by pounding the green blades of 
wheat." — Lacroix, Manners, Customs and Dress, during the Middle 
Ages, p. 167. 

18. 51. Make up your hedges with brambles and holly. "Set no 
bar"=put no limit, do not leave off planting quicksets while the 
months have an R in their names. See chap. 35, stanza 6, p. 77, 
and note to ig. 33. 

19. I. Laying up here signifies the first plowing, for Barley it 
is often plow'd, so as that a Ridge-balk in the middle is covered by 
two opposite furrows. — T. R. 

19. 2. By Fallow is understood a Winter-fallow, or bringing 
Ground to a Barley Season. — T. R. 

19. 9. " Brantham " parish, in Essex, in which Cattiwade is 
situated, and the place where Tusser first commenced farming. 
The average yield of corn in his time was, on each acre well tilled 
and dressed, twenty bushels of wheat, thirty-two of barley, and 
forty of oats and pulse. 

19. 12. Wheat does not thrive well either on very poor or very 
rich land. If the land is peeled or poor, the grain is burnt or steelie, 
and '\i proud (too heavily manured), the grain is apt to run to straw. 

19. 17. "There grows in several parts of Africa, Asia, and 
America, a kind of corn called Mays, and such as we commonly 
^2Si\& Turkey wheat. They make bread of it, which is hard of 
digestion, heavy in the stomach, and does not agree with any but 
such as are of a robust and hail constitution." — A Treatise on 
Foods, by Mons. L. Lemery, London, 1704, p. 71- 

19. 20. Breadcorne and drinJicorn mean wheat and barley, the first 
being used for the making of bread, the second for malting pur- 
poses. Mr. Peacock, in his Glossary of Manley, etc., has: ''Bread- 
corn, corn to be ground into breadmeal [i.e. flour with only a portion 
of the bran taken out, from which brown bread is made) ; not to 
be used for finer purposes. It is a common custom of farmers, 
when they engage a bailiff, to give him a certain sum of money per 
annum, and to allow him also his breadcom at 40^. per quarter." 
Cf. Piers Plowman, C. Text, Passus ix. 61 : "A boussel of bred- 
come." 

19. 30. Hazlitt gives as a proverb: "To play the devil in the 
bulmong." An acre of bullimong land was worth 335'. ^d. ; see 
57. 39. 

19. 33. According to Norden (Surveyor's Dialogue, 1607, p. 239) 
the best mode of making a quickset hedge is as follows : " The 
plants of whitethorne, mixed here and there with oke and ash " ; if 
the plants are not easily procured, then "the berries of the white 
or hawthorne, acornes, ash keyes mixed together, and these wrought 
or wound up in a rope of straw, wil serve, but they will be some- 



252 Notes and Illustrations. 

what longer in growing. INIakc a trench at the top or in the edge 
of the ditch, and lay into it some fat soyle, and then lay the rope 
all along the ditch, and cover it with good soile also, then cover it 
with the earth, and ever as any weedes or grasse begins to grow, 
pull it off and keepe it as cleane as may be from all hindrances, 
and when the seeds begin to come, keepe cattle from bruising them, 
and after some two or three yeares, cut the yong spring by the 
earth, and so will they branch and grow thick, and if occasion serve, 
cut them so again ahvayes, preserving the oake and ashe to become 
trees." The best time to lay the berries in this manner is " in 
September or October, if the berries be fully ripe." 

19. 34. A "porkling" was worth z%d. at the time. See 57. 39. 
19. 37. With reference to the "daintiness" of the Flemings, 
many of whom were settled on the East coast, compare the follow- 
ing: 

" Now here and bacori bene fro Pruse ibrought 
Into Flaundres, as loved and fere isoughte ; 
Osmonde,' coppre, bowstaffes, stile, ^ and wex, 
Peltre-ware,^ and grey, pych, terre, borde, and flex, 
And Coleyne threde, fustiane, and canvase, 
Corde, bokeram ; of olde tyme thus it wase. 
But the Ftemmyngis, amonge these thinges dere, 
In comen lowen ^ beste baco?i and bere. 
Thus arre they hogges ; and drynkyn wele ataunt ; ' 
Farewel, Flemynge ! hay, harys, hay, avaunt ! " — 

Wright's Political Songs, ii. 171. 
19. 38. Light fire, as it is termed, is still used in Norfolk. — M. 
19. 39. " Bowd eaten malt." " The more it be dried (yet must 
it be doone with soft fire) the sweeter and better the malt is, and 
the longer it will continue, whereas if it be not dried downe (as 
they call it), but slackelie handled, it will breed a kind of worme, 
called a wiuell, which groweth in the floure of the corne, and in 
processe of time will so eat out it selfe, that nothing shall remaine 
of the graine but euen the verie rind or huske." — Harrison, 
Description of England, part i. pp. 156-7. R. Holme says that 
" the Wievell eateth and devoureth corn in the garners ; they are 
of some people called bowdsi" — Acad, of Arm. Bk. ii. p. 467. " Bruk 
is a maner of flye, short and brodissh, and in a sad husc, blak hed, 
in shap mykel toward a golde bowde, and mykhede ^ of twyis and 
J^ryis atte moste of a gold hoivde, a chouere, oj^er vulgal can y non 
j^erfore." — Arundel MS. 42, f. 64. The name gold boivde probably 
denotes a species of Chrysomela, Linn. Way, in Prompt. Parv. 

19. 40. See note on " A Medicine for the Cowlaske," p. 4. 
Sloes gently baked in an oven are best preserved. They are an 

' A kind of iron. ^ Steel. ' Hides. 

* Love. * So much. * Size. 



Notes and Illustrations. 253 

excellent and cheap remedy for laxity of the bowels, in men or 
cattle, if judiciously used. — M. 

20. 2. Dr. Mavor suggests that as Tusser is pretty correct in his 
rhymes, he probably wrote bcasty originally. In Pegge's Forme of 
Cury, 1780, p. Ill, are given two recipes for the prevention of 
Resiyng in Venisoun. 

20. 16. " Stouer." Stover is the term now applied to the coarser 
hay made of clover and artificial grasses, which is kept for the 
winter feed of cattle. But in Shakespeare's time the artificial 
grasses were not known in England, and were not introduced till 
about the middle of the seventeenth century. In Cambridgeshire 
I am informed that hay made in this manner is not called "stover" 
till the seeds have been threshed out. In the sixteenth century the 
word was apparently used to denote any kind of winter fodder 
except grass hay. Compare 

" Thy turfy mountains, where live nibbling sheep, 
And flat meads thatch'd with stover, them to keep." — Shak- 
spere, Tempest, Act iv. sc. i ; and Drayton, Polyolbion, xxv. 145, 
"And others from their Carres, are busily about, 
To draw out Sedge and Reed, for Thatch and Stover fit." 
" Stover" is enumerated by Ray among the South- and East-Country 
words as used in Essex, and is to be found in Moor's Suffolk Words 
and Forby's Vocabulary of East Anglia. 

21. I. See note on 12. 4. 

21. 3. In cleaning corn for seed, castitig or throwing it with a 
casting shovel {sQQ i']. i) from one heap to another, in order to select 
the heaviest grains, which will always go farthest, is an excellent 
practice : but in malting, this is not necessary, as the light grains 
and seeds of weeds may be skimm.ed off" in the cistern. — M. 

21. 5. Wheat is well known to work better in grinding and 
baking after it has undergone a natural heat in the rick or mow. 
Wheat that is threshed early keeps with difficulty. — M. 

21. 10. "Rauening curres" seem to have been as great a nuisance 
in Tusser's time as at present, in spite of what Dr. JNIavor terms one 
of the "few patriotic taxes which we have to boast of." 

21. 12. St. Edmund's Day (20th November) may probably be the 
proper time for planting garlic and beans ; but why the moon 
should be " in the wane" we are not informed, though, according 
to Tusser, " thereon hangeth a thing." The moon was formerly 
supposed to extend her power over all nature, and not over the 
tides and weather only. 

21. 13. The farmer who " looks to thrive " must " have an eye," 
not only to his barn, but also to the cruel habits or tricks of his 
servants ; otherwise he may find his cattle maimed or otherwise 
injured, and his poultry made " to plaie tapple vp taile," a cant ex- 
pression, meaning to tumble head over heels. Cf. the Scotch 
phrase, " coup your creels." 



254 Notes mid Illustrations. 

21. 15. The leathern bottle, from its size, must have been a most 
convenient vehicle for the removal of corn and other stolen property. 

21. 22. Our author does not appear to have had any idea of the 
use of soot as a top-dressing to land, but its value is now well 
understood, as one of the greatest improvers of cold, mossy grass- 
lands. 

21. 23. It is leanness and ill-dressing that occasion nits and lice, 
not the state of the weather when they are taken to house. 

22. 25. 1. 7. There is a mistake in the printing of this line: 
there should be no parenthesis, and the word er should be omitted. 
Thus the lines will read : 

" Fat hog or ye kill it, 
Or else ye doo spill it." 

23. 4. The rack ought to be accessible on all sides, and perhaps 
high enough for small cattle to escape under it from their more 
powerful adversaries. — M. 

" Barth." Wedgwood includes this under herth, the seaman's term 
for snug anchorage for themselves or their vessels. See Glossary. 

23. 7. Cf. ''A fires-bird, for that she sat continually by the fire 
side." — Tom Tell-Trothe's New Yeare's Gift, New Shakspere Soc. 
ed. Furnivall, p. 12. 

23. 9. " Beath." Bathing at the Fire, as it is commonly called, 
when the wood is yet unseasoned, sets it to what purpose you think 
fit.— T. R. 

23. 24. "Camping." "Goals were pitched 150 or 200 yards 
apart, formed of the thrown-off clothes of the competitors." Each 
party had two goals 10 or 15 yards apart. The parties, 10 to 15 
aside, stand in line facing their own goals and each other, at 10 
yards distance, midway between the goals and nearest that of their 
adversaries. An indifferent spectator throws up the ball — the size 
of a cricket ball — midway between the confronted players, whose 
object is to seize and convey it between their own goals. The 
shock of the first onset to catch the falling ball is very great, and 
the player who seizes it speeds home pursued by his opponents, 
through whom he has to make his way, aided by the jostlings of 
his own sidesmen. If caught and held, or in imminent danger of 
it, he throivs the ball, but must in no case give it, to a comrade, 
who, if it be not arrested in its course, or he be jostled away by 
his eager foes, catches it, and hurries home, winning the game or 
snotch if he contrive to carry, not throw, it between the goals. A 
holder of the ball caught with it in his possession loses a siiotch. At 
the loss of each of these the game recommences after a breathing 
time. Seven or nine snatches are the game, and these it will some- 
times take two or three hours to win. Sometimes a large football 
was used, and the game was then called " kicking camp," and if 
played with the shoes on, "savage camp." — Abridged from Major 
Moor's Description. 



Notes and Illustrations. 255 

Ray says it prevailed, in his time, most in Norfolk, Suffolk, and 
Essex. It was new to Sir T. Browne on his settling in Norfolk, 
and is not mentioned by Strutt amongst the " Sports and Pastimes 
of the English People." 

Mr. Spurdens, in his Supplement to Forby's Vocabulary, remarks: 
"The contests were not unfrequently fatal to many of the combat- 
ants. I have heard old persons speak of a celebrated Ca?nping, 
Norfolk against Sufiolk, on Diss Common, with 300 on each side. 
Before the ball was thrown up, the Norfolk men inquired tauntingly 
of the Suffolk men if they had brought their cofBns. The Suffolk 
men after fourteen hours were the victors. Nine deaths were the 
result of the contest within a fortnight. These were CciWcd fighting 
camps, for much boxing was practised in them." Cf. 
"This faire floure of womanheed 
Hath two pappys also smalle, 
Bolsteryd out of lenghth and breed, 

Lyche a large Campyng ball.''' — Lydgate. 
Camping Land was a piece of ground set apart for the game. A 
field abutting on the churchyard at Swaffham was willed for the 
purpose by the Rector in 1472. At East Bilney and Stowmarket 
are pieces of ground still called Camping land. Sir John Cullum, 
in his "History of Hawstead, Suffolk," describes the Camping-pightle 
as mentioned a.d. 1466. " Campar or pleyar at foott balle, campyon 
or champyon." — Prompt. Parv. " Camping is Foot Ball playing, at 
which they are very dextrous in Norfolk ; and so many People 
running up and down a piece of ground, without doubt evens and 
saddens it, so that the Root of the Grass lies firm. . . . The 
trampling of so many People drives also the IMole away." — T. R. 

25. 3. "All quickly forgot as a play on a stage." Comp. Shak- 
spere, As you Like it. Act ii. sc. 7 : " All the world's a stage," etc., 
and Merchant of Venice, Act i. sc. i, where Antonio calls the world 
"A stage where every man must play a part." " Totus mundus 
agit histrionem," from a fragment of Petronius, is said to have 
been the motto on the Globe Theatre. Calderon wrote a play 
called El Teatro del Mundo (The Theatre of the World). It is 
remarkable for containing the lines : 

"En el teatro del mundo 
Todos son representantes," i.e. in the stage of 
the world all men are players. — W. W. S. In the old play of Damon 
and Pythias (Dodsley's Old Plays, ed. Hazlitt, iv. 31) the following 
occurs : 

" Pythagoras said that this world was like a stage, 
Where many play their parts : the lookers on, the sage 
Philosophers are, said he, whose part is to learn [cern." 

The manners of all nations, and the good from the bad to dis- 
The same comparison occurs also in Don Quixote, part ii. cap. 12. 
See note to 60. i. 



256 Notes and Illustrations. 

26. I. Psalm cxliv. 4. 

26. 3. "Atrop." "The fatall sisters," Clotho, Lachesis, and 
Atropos, daughters of Erebus and the Night, were supposed to 
spin out the life of man as it were a long thread, which they drew 
out in length, till his fatal hour had arrived ; but if by any other 
casualty his days were shortened, then Atropos was said to have cut 
the thread in two. llence the old verse : " Clotho colum bajulat, 
Lachesis trahit, Atropos occat." 

27. 4. " Euer among," an expression of frequent occurrence in 
Early English, meaning " constantly, continually." Compare the 
Mod. Eng. " all the while." In a Carol of the fifteenth century, 
we read : 

" Thys endus nyjth 
I saw a syjth, 

A stare as bryjt as day ; 
And ever amoiig 
A mayden song 

Lullay, by by, lullay." 
And in another : 

" Our der Lady she stod hym by, 
And wepe water ful bytterly. 
And terys of blod ever among." 

28. 4. "As onely of whom our comfort is had." The expression 
is obscure, but the meaning is clear: as the only one from whom 
our comfort (or strength) is derived. 

29. 2. " Good husbands," that is, good husbandmen or farmers. 
29. 3, "Then lightly," an old form of expression. Tusser means 

that poor people are then probably or generally most sorely oppressed. 
Cf. " Short summer lightly has a forward spring." — Shakspere, 
Richard IIL Act iii. sc. i. 

31. 3. " Few Capons are cut now except about Dorking in Surrey ; 
they have been excluded by the turkey, a more magnificent, but 
perhaps not a better fowl." — Pegge's Forme of Cury, ed. 1780, p. ig. 

32. I. " Vpon the tune of King Salomon." ]\Iar. 4, 1559, there 
is a receipt from Ralph Newberry for his licence for printing a 
ballad called " Kynge Saloman," Registr. Station. Comp. Lond. 
notat. A fol. 48a. Again in 1562, a licence to print "iij balletts, 
the one entituled ' Newes oute of Kent;' the other, a 'Newe ballat 
after the tune of Kynge Solomon ; ' and the third, * Newes oute of 
Heaven and Hell.'" — Ibid. fol. 75a. Again, z'<^/i;/. . " Crestenmas 
Carowles auctorisshed by my lord of London." A ballad of Solo- 
mon and the Queen of Sheba is entered in 1567, ibid. fol. i66a. — 
Warton's Hist, of Eng. Poetry, ed. Hazlitt, vol. iii. p. 428. 

32. 4, 1. 7. There is some confusion here, although the sense is 
clear; probably we should read, ''zxidjlies from sinne," etc. 

33. 32. "INIichel cries," i.e. to delay the operation of cutting, 
and therefore the cries of the animals, till Michaelmas, will have 



Notes and Illustrations. 257 

the effect of getting them into such condition as better to please 
the butchers' eyes. 

33. 36. "Bulchin," a double diminutive =(5////-(?cX'-z«, cf. man- 
ik-in. 

" For ten mark men sold a little bulchin ; 

Litille less men tolde a bouke of a motoun ; 

Men gaf fiveten schillynges for a goos or a hen." — R. de 
Brunne's Chronicle, ed. Hearne, i. 174. See also Langtoft, p. 174, 
and IMiddleton, iii. 524. 

34. 2. "Apricot;" in Shakspere, and in other writers of that 
century, apricock ; in older writers abricot and abrecocke ; from L. 
prcEcoqua or prcecocia^^edir\y, from the fruit having been considered 
to be an early peach. A passage in Pliny (Hist. Nat. xv. 12) ex- 
plains its name : " Post autumnum maturescunt Persica, estate 
prcBcocia, intra xxx annos reperta." Martial also refers to it in the 
following words : 

" Vilia materius fueramus pr;£coqua ramis, 
Nunc in adoptivis persica cara sumus." — Liber xiii. 
Ep. 46. The English, although they take their word from the 
French, at first restored the k, and afterwards adopted the French 
termination, apricot. — See a paper on the word in N. & Q. for No- 
vember 23, 1850. "I account the White peare-plum stocks the best 
to Ijioculate Aprecock buds upon, although they may be done upon 
other Plum-stocks with good successe, if they be good juycie stocks, 
able to give a good nourishment, for Aprecock trees require much 
nourishment." — Austen's Treatise on Fruit Trees, 1657, p. 57. 
Cotgrave (Fr. Diet.) gives, "Abricot: m. The Abricot, or Apricocke 
plum." Minsheu (Span. Diet. 1599) has, " Albarcoque, or Alvar- 
coque, m. an apricocke." Compare jMidsummer Night's Dream, 
iii. I. 169 : " Feed him with apricocks and dewberries" ; and Rich. 
II. Act iii. sc. 4, 29 : " Go bind you up yon dangling apricocks." 

34. 4. " Boollesse." In the Grete Herball bolays, in Prompt. 
Parv. bolas. Prunus communis, Huds. ; var. insititia, L. In Bacon's 
Essays xlvi. the name is spelt " bullisesP 

34. 5. "Cheries." Austen, in his Treatise on Fruit Trees, Ox- 
ford, 1657, p. 56, enumerates the following kinds of cherries : 
"The Fla?iders Cherry, most generally planted, is a great bearing 
fruit. The May Cherries are tender, and the trees must be set in a 
warm place. The Black-hart Cherry, a very speciall fruit, and a great 
bearing fruit, and doubtlesse exceeding proper to presse for wine 
either to drink of itselfe, or to mix the juyce with Cider to give it a 
colour as Clarret-wine, it being of a deepe red, and a small quantity 
of it will colour a gallon of Cider or White wine. There is a Cherry 
we call the great bearing Cherry of M. JMilleu. It may very well be 
called the great bearer, for the trees seldome fayle of great store of 
fruits, although in a cold and sharp spring." 

34. 6. " Chestnuts." Often spelt, but improperly, chesnut, as 

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258 Notes and Illustrations. 

though the cheeseASk.& nut. From the O. Fr. Chastatgne, and the 
Ital. Castagna, we learn its true derivation, namely from Casiancra 
in Thessaly, its native place. 

34. 7. "Cornet plums"=cornel plums; called also cornel cherry. 
O. Fr. cornille, now cornouille, L. Lat. cornolium, from Lat. cornus-=.dL 
cornel cherry tree. 

34. 8. '^Th.Q Damasco-plum is a good fruit and the trees beare 
well." — Austen's Treatise on Fruit Trees, 1657. 

34. 9. Andrew Boorde, in his Introduction of Knowledge, ed. 
Furnivall, p. 283, says : '' Fylberdes be better than hasell nuttes ; yf 
they be newe, and taken from the tree, and the skyn or the pyth 
pulled of, they be nutrytyue, and doth increase fatnes." 

34. 10. "Goose beries." Dr. R. A. Prior says: "From the 
Flemish kroes oxkruys berie, Swed. krusbdr, a word that bears the two 
meanings of * cross-' and ' frizzle-berry,' but was given to this fruit 
with the first meaning, in reference to its triple spine, which not 
unfrequently presents the form of a cross. This equivoc^il word 
was misunderstood and taken in its other sense of ' frizzle-berry,' 
and translated into German and herbalist Latin as ' krailsel-beere,'' 
and ' uva crispa' The Fr. groseille and Span, grosella are corrup- 
tions of Ger. kraiisel.'" 

34. II. "Some Authors affirme that there have been Vine-yards 
in England in former times, though they be all destroyed long 
since. Divers places retaine the name of Vine yards still, at Brom- 
well Abby in Norfolke and at Elie in Cambridgshiere which afforded 
Wine ; what else is the meaning of these old Rimes } 

' Quatuor sunt Elie, Lanterna, Capella Maria? 
Et molendinum, nee non dans Vinea vinum.' 
Englished thus : 

' Foure things of Elie Towne much spoken are. 
The Leaden Lanthorn, Maries Chapped rare, 
The mighty Mil-hill in the Minstre field, 
And fruitful Vine-yards which sweet wine doe yeeld.' 
And doubtlesse men might plant Vines with good successe, to make 
good wine even with us. There are many kinds of Vines, but I 
know none so good, and fit for our climate as the Parsley Vine or 
Canada Grape, we see by experience yearly it beares abundance of 
fruit unto perfection. And whosoever would plant Vines in England 
I think he cannot meet with a better kind than the Parsley Vine 
both for bearing and goodnesse. The Fox grape is a faire large Fruit 
and a very great bearer although not of so much esteem as divers 
others. The Frantiniack Grape is of great accompt with many, and 
is a speciall fruit where it comes to perfect ripenesse, which it 
hardly does, except the Vine be set upon the South-ivall where it 
may have much sun. The Red and White J\fuskadi7ie Grape are 
speciall fruits and beare very well, and come to perfect ripenesse if 
the Vine grow upon the South-wall or upon the Easte-wall which 



Notes and Illustrations. 259 

is best next. There is the Ciirrayi Grape, Cluster Grape, and many- 
other kinds of good grapes, and the fruits are better or worse accord- 
ing to the place they grow in : If they have much suti, and be well 
ordered, the fruit will be better and sooner ripe." — Austen's Treatise 
of Fruit Trees, 1657. 

34. 12. " There are very many kinds of Plinns, many more than 
of Cherries. I esteeme the Mustle Plum one of the best, being 
a faire large black plum, and of an excellent rellish, and the trees 
beare abu7idatitly. The Damazeene also is an excellent fruit. The 
Violet and Premorden Plum-trees are very great bearing trees, and the 
fruits pleasant and good. The White Peare-plum-stocks are accounted 
the best, and the Damson-stocks the worst for grafting upon." — 
Ibid. p. 57. 

34. 13. " Hurtillberies ( = Whortleberries) called 'Hurts' for 
shortness at Godalming. I suspect this may be connected with 
Hurtmoor, the name of a dale near Godalming." — Note by Rev. 
\V. W. Skeat. " * Hurtilberries' for 'whortleberries,' itself a cor- 
ruption for ' myrtleberries.' " — Dr. Prior, Popular Names of British 
Plants, 1870. 

34. 14. " Medlars, called in Normandy and Anjou meslier, from 
Lat. mespilus, but as the verb mesler became in English meddle, so 
this fruit also, although a word of different origin, took a d for an s 
and became medlar." — Ibid. 

"The Kernells [of medlers] bruised to dust, and drunk in liquor 
(especially where Parsly roots have been steeped), doe mightily 
drive out stones and gravell from the kidneyes." — Austen, Treatise 
on Fruit Trees, 1657, p. 84. 

34. 15. " The luyce of Mulberries is knowne by experience to be 
a good remedy for a sore mouth, or throat, such as are perfectly- 
ripe relax the belly, but the unripe (especially dry'd) are said to 
bind exceedingly, and therefore are given to such as have Lasks and 
Fluxes." — Ibid. p. 84. 

34. 16. "Peach, in old works spelt Peske, Peesk, Peshe, and 
Peche, O. Fr. pesche, L. Persica, formerly called malum persicum=i 
Persian apple, from which the Arabs formed their name for it with 
the prefix el or al, and thence the Spanish alberchigo." — Dr. R. A. Prior. 

Austen, in his work already quoted, says (p. 58): "Of Peaches 
there are divers kinds. I know by experience the Nutrneg and 
Newington Peaches to be excellent fruits, especially the Nutmeg 
Peach." 

34. 18. Evidently a misprint for Peare-plums, which is the read- 
ing of all the later editions. Austen, in his Treatise on Fruit Trees, 
recommends that Peaches be grafted on plum stocks, such as the 
White Peare-plum-stock. 

34. 19. The word " Quince" preserves only a single letter of its 
original form. A passage in the Romaunt of the Rose shows an 
early form of the word, and also exhibits chestnut and cherry in a 



26o Notes mid Illustrations. 

transitional stage of adoption from the French. The author of the 
Romaunt writes : 

"And many homely trees there were, 
That peaches, coines, and apples here ; 
INIedlers, plummes, peeres, chesteines, 
Cherise, of which many one faine is." 
It is evident that the English word is a corruption of the French 
coi7ig, which we may trace through the Italian cotogna to Lat. 
cotonium or cydonuim mahim, the apple of Cydon, a town in Crete. — 
Taylor's Words and Places. In the Paston Letters, i. 245, occurs 
the word "chardequeyns," that is, a preserve made of quinces. See 
also the Babees Book, E.E.T. Soc. ed. Furnivall, p. 152. In the 
ordinances of the household of George, Duke of Clarence, p. 103, 
charequy?ises occur under the head of spices, their price being 5 
shillings "the boke," ox £z \cs. for 10 lbs., a.d. 1468. 

34. 20. " Respis." In Turner's Herbal called Raspis or Raspices, 
the latter of which is apparently a double plural. Probably from 
resp, a word that in the Eastern counties means a shoot, a sucker, 
a young stem, and especially the fruit-bearing stem of raspberries 
(Forby). This name it may owe to the fact that the fruit grows on 
the young shoots of the previous year." 

34. 21. " Reisons," most probably currants. " Raysouns of Cor- 
aunte." — Pegge's Forme of Cury, ed. 1780, p. 16. 

34. 24. " Seruice trees." Dr. R. A. Prior, in his Popular Names 
of British Plants, 1870, p. 209, says: "Service-, or, as in Ph. 
Holland's Pliny more correctly spelt, Servise-tree, from L. Ccwisia, 
its fruit having from ancient times been used for making a fermented 
liquor, a kind of beer : 

Et pocula Iseti 
Fermento atque acidis imitantur vitea sorhis. — Virg. 
Georgics III. 379. Diefenbach remarks (Or. Eur. 102): 'bisweilen 
bedeutet cervisia einen nicht aus Getreide gebranten Trank ; ' and 
Evelyn tells us in his Sylva (ch. xv.), that ' ale and beer brewed 
with these berries, being ripe, is an incomparable drink.' The 
Cerevisia of the ancients was made from malt, and took its name, 
we are told by Isidore of Seville, from Ceres, Cereris, but this has 
come to be used in a secondary sense without regard to its etymo- 
logical meaning, just as in Balm-tea we use tea in the sense of an 
infusion, without regard to its being properly the name of a different 
plant." Wild Service, the rowan tree ; Pyriis auaiparia, Giirt. 

34. 25. " Wallnuts are usually eaten after meales to close up the 
stomach, and help digestion. And according to Avicen (Can. lib. 
2, cap. 501), recentes sunt meliores stomacho (the newer the 
better for the stomach). Bread or Biskct may be made of the 
meale being dried. The young nuts peeled are preserved, and 
candied for Banquetting stuffe : and being ripe the Kernclls may 
be crusted over with sugar, and kept long. Avicen says (Can. lib. 



Notes and Illustrations. 261 

2, cap. 501): 'luglans ficubus et Ruta medicina omnibus venenis': 
Wallnuts with Figs and Rue is a preservative against all poison. 
Schol. Salern. reckons Wallnuts for one of the six things that resist 
poyson : ' Allia, Nux, Ruta, Pyra, Raphanus cum Theriaca : 
Haec sunt Antidotum contra mortale venenum.' 
Garlicke, Rue, Peares, Treacle and Nuts : 
Take these and then no deadly poyson hurts. 
Mithridates the great : his preservative was (as is recorded by 
Pliny, Nat. Hist. lib. 23, c. 18), ' Two Wa limit s,\.\^o Figs, 20 leaves 
of Rue and a grain of salt stamped together,' which taken no 
poyson that day could hurt him. Greene Wallnuts about IMidsom- 
mer distilled and drunk with vineger, are accounted a certain pre- 
servative against the Pestilence." — Austen's Treatise of Fruit Trees, 
1657. " Walnuts be hurtful to the niemor}% and so are Onyons, 
because they annoy the eyes with dazeling dimnesse through a 
hoate vapour." — T. Newton, Touchstone, ed. 1581, f. 125^. The 
original prescription of the antidote of Mithridates, discovered by 
Pompey among the archives of the king, was very simple. Q. 
Serenus tells us that 

" Magnus scrinia regis 
Cum raperet victor, vilem deprehendit in illis 
Synthesin, et vulgata satis medicamina risit : 
Bis denum rutse folium, sails et breve granum, 
Juglandesque duas, terno cum corpore ficus." 
Cf. Piers Plowman, C. Text, Pass. xiii. 143 : 

" As in a walnote withoute ys a byter barke. 
And after \dX biter barke be l^e shele aweye, 
Ys a curnel of comfort kynde to restorie." On which 
see Mr. Skeat's note. 

34. 26. "Warden appulles rosted, stued, or baken, be nutrytyue, 
and doth comfort the stomache, specyally yf they be eaten with 
comfettes." — Andrew Boorde's Dyetary, ed. Furnivall, E.E.T. Soc. 
p. 284. And again, ihid. p. 291, as a remedy for the Pestilence: 
" Let hym vse to eate stued or baken wardens, yf they can be 
goten ; yf not, eate stued or baken peers, with comfettes : vse no 
grosse meates, but those the which be lyght of dygestyon." 

35. 3. " Froth " refers here to veal and pig and lamb, all three. 
Halliwell suggests tender as the meaning. It seems to mean pulpy 
or light. 

35. 4. " Be greedie in spending," that is, he who is eager to 
spend and careless in saving, will soon become a beggar, and he 
who is ready to kill, and unskilful in storing, need look for no 
plenty. 

35. 5. There are certain wheels called Dredge Wheels, by the 
use of which loads may be carried thro' meadows, even if it be not 
a frost.— T. R. 

35. 7. " Doue houses." The Norfolk and Suffolk rebels, under 



262 Notes and Illiisfratiojis. 

Kett in 1549, say in their list of Grievances: "We p[r]ay that 
noman vnder the degre of a knyght or esquyer, kepe a dowe-house, 
except it hath byn of an oiild auwchyent costome." — See Ballads 
from Manuscripts, ed. Furnivall, i. 149. 

35. 9. " To buie at the stub," that is, to buy on the ground or 
on the spot, and do the carriage oneself. A.S. styb, Dutch stobhe— 
a stump ; whence Eng. stubborn, stubble. 

35. 13. " Edder and stake;" still in common use in Kent, 
Sussex, etc. See Ray's Glossar}', s.v. Yeather. 

35. 15. "So far as in lopping," etc., seems to imply that the 
tops will take root of themselves without planting. 

35. 18. Spenser uses "Prime" in the sense of "Spring-time." 
See Fairy Queene, Canto ii. st. 40, iv. 17, and vi. 13. 

35. 23. "Beliue" = in the night, according to Tusser Redivivus, 
but wrongly. See Mr. Skeat's note in Ray's Glossary, s.v. Beliue. 

35. 25. Hugh Prowler is our Author's name for a night walker. 
— T. R. 

35. 28. Harrison, ed. 1587, fo. 42, speaks of sheep, "such as 
bring foorth but one at a time," as anelings, from which it would 
seem that tiuifilmgs mean sheep such as bring forth twhis and not the 
tivins themselves. Dr. INIavor says : " Twin Iambs are supposed to 
perpetuate their prolific quality, and are therefore kept for breeders." 
In some parts of Norfolk and Lincoln they will keep none but tiviti- 
lins, but then it is in rich land as Mershland and Holland. — T. R. 

"Peccantem" should he peccavi, which is the reading of the 
editions of 1573, 1585, and 1597. 

35. 31. " For yoke or the paile:" whether intended for the yoke 
or for the dairy. 

35. 34. The strongest pigs are observed to suck foremost, be- 
cause there they find milk in the greatest abundance. — M. 

35. 38. " Yoong fils." We should certainly read, as required by 
the rhythm of the line, fillies, which is found in the editions of 
1573. 1577' ^nd 1597. 

35. 45. "As concerning Arbors, Seats, etc., in Orchards and Gar- 
dens, I advise men to make them of Fruit trees, rather then of Privet, 
or other rambling stuffe, which yeelds no profit, but only for shade. 
If you make them of Cherry-trtes, Plum-trees, or the like, there will 
be the same advantage for shade, and all the Fruits superadded. 
All that can be objected is, that Fruit-trees are longer in growing 
up then Privet, Virgine Boiver, or the like, whereof arbors are com- 
monly made. It is answered. Though Fruit-trees are something 
longer in covering an Arbor, then some other things, yet they make 
sufficient amends in their lastitig and bearing fruits." — Austen's 
Treatise of Fruit Trees, 1657, p. 61. 

35. 46. Oats sown in January would be most likely to rise free 
from weeds, but it is not often that the season and the soil will 
admit of such early culture. The whole stanza is somewhat enig- 



Notes and Illustrations. 263 

matical. The earlier editions read uniformly : "by the hay," etc., 
but the more modern have: "buy thee hay," etc., which is probably 
the correct reading. The obvious meaning is, provide early what 
may be required, that you may escape risk of failure and dearth. 
If you buy your hay in May, you are prepared against the worst. 

36. 25. Plash here means to pleach down a hedge over the 
burrows ; set means plant over the place where the burrows are, not 
to stop the rabbits from coming out, but to give them a means of 
escape from the dogs who might otherwise snap them up before 
they reached their holes. 

36. 26. A cage for moulting hawks was called a meive. "For 
the better preservation of their health they strowed mint and sage 
about them ; and for the speedier ?navmg of their feathers they 
gave them the slough of a snake, or a tortoise out of the shell, or 
a green lizard cut in pieces." — Aubrey's Wilts. MS. p. 341. Du- 
cange (Glossary M. et I. Lat.) has ''Mufa, Accipitrum domuncula 
in qua includuntur falcones, cum plumas mutant ; accipitres enim 
quotannis pennas mutant." 

36. 31. " All's fish they get," etc. See Gascoyne's Steele Glass, 
Arber's Reprint, p. 57. 

37. I. " Feb. fill the dike." In Mr. Robinson's Whitby Glossary 
is given as a weather expression of Yorkshire : " February fill-dike, 
and March muck't out." Another form is in Hazlitt's Eng. Proverbs : 

" February fill dike be it black or be it white : 

But if it be white, it's better to like." 
" Fevrier remplit les fosses: Mars les seche." — Fr. Provb. 

37. 12. "Leaue iobbing," i.e. leave off jobbing, or pecking, with 
their beaks. See Prompt. Parv. p. 36. " Bollyn, or Joiviti wythe 
the bvlle as byrdys (byllen or tohbyn as bryddys K. lobbjfi with the 
byl ti.P.). Rosiro." 

37. 13. See note to ch. 19, stanza 33. 

37. 16. Moles, for the trapping of which each parish used to 
maintain a sapper and miner, are found to be excellent husband- 
men, the little heaps of friable soil which they throw up furnishing, 
when spread abroad, the best of top dressings. " It may be novel 
to some to be informed that moles may be taken with dogs, properly 
trained. This may serve to diversify the life of a professed hunter." 
— M. 

37. 18. As for mole-hills forming a warm and dry station for lambs, 
the same may be said with much greater propriety of ant-hills ; 
yet neither would be suffered to remain on a well-managed farm. 

37. 19. Lease, a small enclosure near the homestall. — M. A 
name used in some countries for a small piece of ground of 2 or 3 
acres. — T. R. 

37. 21. " Mestlen." "Years ago in Norfolk thousands of acres 
yeelded no better grain crop than rye, of which the bread of farm 
households was made. Meslin bread made of wheat and rye in 



264 Notes and Illustrations. 

equal quantity was for the master's tabic alone." — Forby. "And 
there at the manor of Marlingford, and at the mill loaded both 
carts with Mestlyon and Wheat." — Paston Letters, iii. p. 294. "For 
they were neither hogs nor devils, nor devilish hogs, nor hoggish 
devils, but a vieslingoi the two." — Fairfax. The mixed grain, meslin, 
was used in France in the concoction of beer, as appears by the 
regulations for the brewers of Paris, 1254, who were to use "gravis, 
c'est d. savoir, d'orge, de mestuel, et de dragee." — Reglements t. Louis 
IX. ed. Depping, p. 29. At a dinner given in 1561 to the Duke of 
Norfolk by the ]\Iayor of Norwich, there were provided: "xvj loves 
white bread iv^., xviij loves wheaten bread, \xd., iij loves inislin 
bread iij^?." — Leland, Itin. vi. xvii. Plot (Hist, of Oxford, p. 242) 
says that the Oxfordshire land termed sour is good for wheat and 
"miscellan," namely wheat and rye mixed. 

37. 22. It is to be regretted, both on the score of policy and 
health, that in reforming false principles, we renounced salutary 
practices. Days of abstinence from flesh-meat, if not prescribed 
by authority, should be voluntarily imposed on ourselves. If the 
fisherman purchases bread of the farmer, the farmer in his turn 
ought to encourage the fisherman, who in peace and war has the 
highest claims to support. — IM. 

39. I. " Auens." "Avence herbe, Avancia, Sanamunda." — 
Prompt. Parv. By some called hare/ooi. It was used in cookery ; 
see Pegge's Forme of Cury, ed. 1780, p. 13. 

39. 2. " Betanie." Lat. betonica, said by Pliny to have been first 
called Vettonica, from the Vettones, a people of Spain. 

39. 3. " Bleets." The name of some pot-herb which Evelyn in 
Acetaria takes to be the " Good Henry," and remarks of it that, 
" 'tis insipid enough." Greek /3XtToy=insipid. In Lyte's Dodoens, 
p. 547, are given three kinds of Blitte or Bleet, and the French 
name is said to be Pourree rouge. " Succda maritima, or sea-blite, 
belongs to the goose-foot tribe ; the good-king-Henry, or Cheno- 
podium honus-He7iriciis, is of the same tribe. See Flowers of the 
Field, by C. A. Johns."— Note by Rev. W. W. Skeat. 

39. 4. "Bloodwoort," called also Bloody-dock, from its red veins 
and stems. Rumex sanguineus, L. Called also Wahvort and Dane- 
wort in Lyte's Dodoens, 1578, p. 380, who says that the " fumes of 
Walwort burned, driueth away Serpentes and other venemous 
beastes." 

39. 5. "The rootes of Borage and Buglosse soden tender and 
made in a Succade, doth ingender good blode, and doth set a man 
in a temporaunce." — A. Boorde's Dyetary, E.E.T. Soc. ed. Furni- 
vall, p. 278. 

39. 6, " Burnet, a term formerly applied to a brown cloth, Fr. 
brunette, It. brunetta, and given to the plant so called from its brown 
flowers." — Dr. Prior, Popular Names of British Plants, 1870. 
Called also Pimpincll. — Lyte's Dodoens, 1578, p. 138. 



Notes and Ilhisirations, 265 

39. 7. " Burrage." Fr. bourache, M. Lat. borago. Apuleius says 
that its original name was ^'corrago, quia cordis aflfectibus medetur," 
a word that the herbalists suppose to have become, by change of c 
to b, borrago. See A. Boorde's Dyetary, ed. Furnivall, pp. 278-280. 

39. 9. " Clarie." M. Lat. sclarea, from clarus=c\edir, and prefix 
ex. Called by the apothecaries clear-eye, translated into Ociilus 
Christi, Godes-eie, and See-bright, and eye-salves made of it. Salvia 
Sclarea, Linn. "Called in French Ornale or Fonte-bonne ; it maketh 
men dronke and causeth headache, and therefore some Brewers do 
boyle it with their Bier in steede of Hoppes." — Lyte's Dodoens, 
ed. 1578, p. 253. 

39. 10. " Coleworts." Dioscorides (quoted in Cogan's Haven of 
Health, p. 49) says (lib. 2, cap. 1 13) that " if they be eaten last after 
meats, they preserue the stomacke from surfetting, and the head 
from drunkennesse. Yea some write, that if one would drinke 
much wine for a wager, and not be drunke, but to haue also a good 
stomacke to meate, that he should eate before the banquet raw 
Cabage leaues with Vinegar so much as he list, and after the 
banquet to eate againe foure or fine raw leaues, which practice is 
much vsed in Germanic. . . . The Vine and the Coleworts be so 
contrarie by nature that if you plant Coleworts neere to the rootes 
of the Vine, of it selfe it will flee from them. Therefore it is no 
maruaile if Colewortes be of such force against drunkennesse ; 
But I trust no student will prooue this experiment, whether he may 
be drunken or not, if he eate Coleworte leaues before and after a 
feast." 

39. 13. The numerous virtues of this herb are thus summed up 
in the King's Coll. MS. of the Promptorium : 

" Bis duo dat maratrum, febres fugat atque venenum, 
Et purgat stomacum, sic reddit lumen acutum." 
Macer gives a detailed account, in which the following remarkable 
passages occur: "pe edderes wole ete fenel, when her yen dasny]?, 
and so she geti]? ayene her clere sighte ; and )7er ]7oroghe it is 
founde and preved j^at fenel do]? profit to mannis yene : j^e yen fiat 
ben dusked, and dasni]?, shul be anoynted with \q. ius of fenelle rotis 
medeled with hony ; and Jiis oynement shalle put a-way alle J^e 
dasewenesse of hem, and make hem bryjt." The virtue of fennel 
in restoring youth, was a discovery attributed by JMacer to serpents ; 
"pis proui]? auctours and filisoferis, for serpentis whan men (sic) 
olde, and willeth to wexe stronge, myghty, and yongly a-yean, j^ei 
gon and eten ofte fenel, and J^ei become yongliche and myghty." — 
MS. in the possession of H. W. Diamond, Esq. This herb is called 
in German Fejichel, Dutch Venckel. In Piers Plowman mention 
occurs of: "A ferthyng worth of fynkel-sede for fastinge dales;" 
C. vii. 360 ; spelt fenel in the other texts. " Fenkylle or fenelle, 
feniculumr — Prompt. Parv. " Fenelle or i^iskktWo,, feniculum, niara- 
Irum." — Catholicon An^licum. 



266 Notes and Illustrations. 

39. 1 6. "Andreas the Herborist writcth that the root of the 
Langdebeefe tyed or bounde to the diseased place, swageth the 
ache of the veynes (called Varix) being to muche opened or en- 
larged and fylled with grosse blood." — Lyte's Dodoens, 1578, p. 
568. See also Gerard's Herbal, 1633. 

39. 17. " Leek." A remnant of A.S. porleac, from Lat. pornim and 
leac=2L plant, Ger. laiich. 

39. 19. " Longwort," called in Lyte's Dodoens, p. 125, Sage of 
Jerusalem, " whiche herbe hath no particular vse in Physicke, but 
it is much vsed in INIeates and Salades with egges, as is also Cows- 
lippes and Prymeroses, whervnto in temperature it is much like." 
See also Gerard's Herbal, 1633, where it is called "Cowslips of 
Jerusalem." 

39. 20. " Liuerwort," so called from the liver shape of the 
thallus, and its supposed effects in disease of the liver. O. L. Ger. 
Steeiileturivuyt. According to Lyte's Dodoens, p. 59, "a soueraigne 
medicine against the heate and inflammation of the Lyuer, and all 
hoate Feuers or Agues." Aiieinone Hepatica, Linn. 

39. 21. " Marigolds are bote and 6.x\, an herbe well knowen and 
as vsual in the kitchin as in the hal : the nature whereof is to open 
at the Sunne rising, and to close vp at the Sunne setting. It hath 
one good propertie and very profitable for Students, that is by the 
vse thereof the sight is sharpened. And againe the water distilled 
of JNIarigolds when it flowreth, doth help the rednesse and inflam- 
mation of the eyes if it be dropped into them, or if a linnen cloth 
wet in the water be laid upon them. Also the powder of ^Marigolds 
dried, being put into the hoUownesse of the teeth, easeth toothach. 
And the juice of the herbe mingled with a little salt, and rubbed 
often times vpon Warts, at length weareth them away." — Cogan's 
Haven of Health, ch. 63. Called in the Grete Herbal Mary Gowles, 
a name that seems to have originated in the A.S. mersc-mear-gealla 
= marsh-horse-gowl, the marsh marigold, or caltlia, transferred to 
the exotic plant of our gardens and misunderstood as Mary Gold. 
It is often mentioned as Gold simply by our older poets : 
" That she sprunge up out of the molde 
Into a floure was named golde." — Gower, ed. 1554, 
f. 120. "The yellow marigold, the sunne's own flower," says 
Heywood in Marriage Triumphe, and " so called," says Hyll (Art 
of Gard. ch. xxx.), "for that after the rising of the sun unto noon, 
this flower openeth larger and larger ; but after the noontime unto 
the setting of the sun the flower closeth more and more, so that 
after the setting thereof it is wholly shut up." 
"The marigold observes the sun, 
]\Iore than my subjects me have done." — K. Charles I. 

39. 22. " INIercurie." A name rather vaguely applied in old 
works, probably the " Good Henr}-, Chenopodiiim Bonus Henricns.''' 
Called also "Allgood," Dutch algoede, Ger. allgul, from Lat. /c?/a 



Notes and Illustrations. 267 

lona, Cotgrave and Palsgrave toutte bofine, on account of its excellent 
qualities as a remedy and as an esculent ; hence the proverb : " Be 
thou sick or whole, put Mercury in thy koale." — Cogan, Haven of 
Health, ch. 28. "The Barons Mercury, or male Phyllon dronken, 
causeth to engender male children, and the Mayden Mercurie, or 
gyrles Phyllon dronken, causeth to engender Gyrles or Daughters." 
— Lyte's Dodoens, p. 78. 

39. 24. " Nep," common Cat-mint. " Dronken with honied 
water is good for them that haue fallen from a lofte, and haue some 
bruse or squat, and bursting, for it digesteth the congeled and 
clotted bloud, and is good for the payne of the bowels, the short- 
nesse of breath, the oppillation or stopping of the breast, and 
against the Jaundice." — Lyte, p. 148, See also Gerard's Herbal, 
1633. " Nepe, herbe, Coloquintida, cuctirbifa." — Prompt Parv. 
" Neppe, an herbe, herbe du chat." — Palsgrave. Forby gives the 
Norfolk simile " as white as tiep^'' in allusion to the white down 
which covers this plant. 

39. 26. " Orach," Atriplex hortensis, or sativa, formerly Arach, 
Prompt. .Parv. Arage, in MS. Harl. 979 Arasches, Fr. arroche, from 
Low Lat. aurago from aurum=go\d, by the addition to it of ago— 
wort, as in plantago, lappago, etc. At the same time its use in the 
cure of jaundice, aunigo, may have fixed upon the plant the name 
of the disease. 

'■'■ Atriplicem tritam cum nitro, melle, et aceto, 
Dicunt appositam calidam sedare podagram : 
Ictericis dicitque Galenus tollere morbum 
Illius semen cum vino ssepius haustum." — INIacer, cap. 
xxviii. 1. 7, quoted by Dr. Prior. 

39. 27. "Patience," called in Lyte's Dodoens, p. 559, "Wild 
Docke," and stated to be a remedy for jaundice, the " bitinges and 
stinginges of Scorpions," and the tooth ache, and if " hanged 
about the necke it doth helpe the kinges euill or swelling in the 
throte." 

39. 29. If the virtues of Penny Royal, as stated in Lyte's 
Dodoens, p. 232, be true, the use of it might now be advan- 
tageously adopted by the consumers of London drinking water. 
He says : " If at any time men be constrayned to drinke corrupt, 
naughiie, stmking, or salte water, throw Penny royall into it, or strow 
the pouder thereof into it, and it shall not hurte any bodie." It is 
sometimes called Pudding-grass, from its being used to make 
stuffings for meat, formerly called puddings. It is recommended 
by Andrew Boorde (Dyetar)% ed. E.E.T. Soc. p. 281) as a remedy 
for melancholy, and to comfort the spirits of men. 

39. 30. " Primerose," from Pryvie rolles, the name it bears in old 
books and MSS. The Grete Herball, ch. cccl. says : " It is called 
Pryme Rolles of pryme tyvie, because it beareth the first floure in 
pryme tyme.'' It is also so called in Frere Randolph's Catalogue. 



268 Notes and IlliLstrations. 

Chaucer writes it in one word primcrole. (See also IMS. Addit. 
11,307, f. 37 : 

" He shal ben lyk the lytel bee 
That seketh the blosmc on the tre, 
And souketh on iha pnwwrole") 
Primerole is an abbreviation of Yx. primeverolc, It. primaverola, dimin. 
oi prima vera, from fior di prima z'6'ra=thc first spring flower. Prime- 
role, as an outlandish unintelligible word, was soon familiarized 
mto prime rolles, and this mio primrose. This is explained in popular 
works as meaning the first rose of the spring, a name that never 
could have been given to a plant that in form and colour is so 
unlike a rose. But the rightful claimant is, strange to say, the 
daisy, which in the South of Europe is a common and conspicuous 
flower in early spring, while the primrose is an extremely rare one, 
and it is the daisy that bears the name in all the old books. See 
Fuchs, Hist. Stirpium, 1542, p. 145, where there is an excellent 
figure of it, i\i\cd. pri?)iula veris ; and the Ortus Sanitatis, ed. Augsb. 
I486, ch. cccxxxiii., where we have a very good woodcut of a daisy 
titled "masslieben, Premula veris, Latine." Brunfelsius, Novum 
Herbarium, ed. 1531, speaking of the Herba paralysis, the cowslip, 
says, p. 1590, expressly, " Sye wiirt von etlichen Doctores Primula 
veris genaunt, das doch falsch ist wann Primula veris ist matsomen 
oder zeitlosen." Brunschwygk (De Arte Distillandi, 1500, book ii. 
c. viii.) uses the same words. The Zeitlose is the daisy. Parkinson 
(Th. Bot. p. 531) assigns the name to both the daisy and the 
primrose. IMatthioli (ed. Frankfort, 1586, p. 653) calls his Bellis 
Major ''Prima fiore maggiore, seu Fiore di prima vera, nonnullis 
Primula veris major,'' and figures the moon-daisy. His Bellis 
minor, which seems to be our daisy, he calls " Prima fiore minore, 
Fior di primavera, Gallis Marguerites, Germanis Masslieben." At 
p. 883, he figures the cowslip, and calls that also ''Primula veris, 
Italis Fiare di primavera, Gallis prirnevere." — Dr. Prior's Pop. 
Names of British Plants. " Petie Mulleyn (whiche we call Coivslippe 
and Primerose) is of two sortes. The smaller sorte, which we call 
Primerose, Herbasculum minus, is of diuers kindes, as yellow and 
greene, single and dubble." — Lyte's Dodoens, p. 122. 

39. 32. " Rosemary," Lat. rasmarinus, sea-spray, from its usually 
growing on the sea-coast and its odour, is recommended by Lyte 
for fastening loose teeth. "Take of rewe a grete quantite, and 
sawge halfe als mekille, and rosemaryne the same quantitee." — MS. 
Line. Med. f. 283. According to Andrew Boorde it is a remedy for 
" palses and for the fallynge syckenes, and for the cowghe, and 
good agaynst colde." 

39. 34. " Safron," Sp. azafran, from Arabic al zahafaran. On 
the cultivation, etc., of Saffron in England, there is a long account 
in Harrison's Description of England, book iii. cap. 24. See note 
to 57- 3- 



Notes and Illustrations. 269 

39. 37. "Spillage." " Called in Arabic -^/j/>a«ar/z: 'Arabicse factio- 
nis principes Hispanach, hoc est, Hispanicum olus nominant.' — 
Fuchs, Hist. Stirp. p. 668. Dodoens (bk. v. i. 5) tells us, ^ Spi- 
nacJua?Ji nostra aetas appellat, xionnnWi spinachezim olus. Ab Arabibus 
et Serapione Hispanac dicitur.' Brunfelsius (ed. 1531) says ex- 
pressly at p. 16, ' Quse vulgo spinachia hodie, Atriplex Hispanieiisis 
dicta est quondam ; eo quod ab Hispania primum allata est ad 
alias exteras nationes.' Tragus also calls it Olus Hispanicum ; 
Cotgrave, Herbe d' Espaigne ; and the modern Greeks cnravayi^ov." 
—Dr. R. A. Prior. 

39. 39. Lyte, p. 642, says : " Cyues or Rushe onions : this kinde 
of Leekes is called in English Cyues, and of Turner in Latine, 
Cepa pallacana, and in Greke Gethyun, which he Englisheth by al 
these names, a Cyue, a Civet, a Chyue, or Siveth." 

39. 40. "Tanzie," Fr. athanasie, contracted to tanacee and tanaisie. 
Lyte says, p. 18, that it was sold in the shops under the name of 
Athanasia, the Greek word for immortality, and that it was so called, 
" quod non cito flos inarexat." A cake used to be made in which 
tansy was one of the ingredients, and which was called Tansay- 
Cake. The following recipe for it is given in MS. Sloane 1986, 
f. 100 : 

" Breke egges in bassyn, and swynge hem sone, 
Do powder of peper therto anone. 
Then grynde tansay, tho juse owte wrynge, 
To blynde with tho egges, withowte lesynge. 
In pan or skelet thou shalt hit frye, 
In buttur well sk)'mm et wyturly, 
Or white grece thou may take therto, 
Geder hit on acake, thenne base thou do, 
With platere of tre, and frye hit browne, 
On brodeleches serve hit thou schalle. 
With fraunche-mele^ or other metis withalle." 
In Halliwell's Diet, is also given a recipe for a dish called Tansie. 
Cogan, in his Haven of Health, p. 65, says : " It is much vsed 
among vs in England about Easter, with fried egs, not without 
good cause, to purge away the fleame engendred of fish in Lent 
season, whereof wormes are soone bred in them that be thereto 
disposed, though the common people vnderstand not the cause, 
why Tansies are more vsed after Lent, than at any other time of the 
yeare." " To prevent being Bug-bitten. Put a sprig or two of 
Tansy at the bed head, or as near the pillow as the smell may be 
agreeable." — T. Cosnett's Footman's Directory, p. 292. " For to 
dystroy a Wrang Nayle, othewyse callyd a Corne. Take wylde 
tansey, and grynde yt, and make yt neshe, and ley it therto, and it 



' A dish composed chiefly of eggs and sheeps' fat. 



270 Notes mid Illustrations. 

wyl bryng yt owght." — Lambeth ^IS. 306, f. 65, quoted in Political, 
Relig. and Love Poems (E. li. Text Soc. ed. Furnivall), p. 36. 

40. 3. " Blessed Thistle." " So worthily named for the singular 

vertues that it hath It sharpneth the wit and memorie, 

strengthneth all the principall parts of the bodie, quickneth all 
the senses, comforteth the stomacke, procureth appetite, and hath 
a speciall vertue against poyson, and preserueth from the Pestilence, 
and is excellent good against any kinde of Feuer, being vsed in 
this manner : Take a dramme of the powder, put it into a good 
draught of ale or wine, warme it and drink it a quarter of an hour 
before the fit doth come, then goe to bed, couer you well with 
clothes and procure sweate, which by the force of the herbe will 
easily come foorth, and so continue vntill the fit be past. . . . For 
which notable effects this herbe may worthily be called Benedictus 
or Omnimorbia, that is a salue for euery sore, not knowen to Physi- 
tians of old time, but lately reuealed by the special! providence of 
Almighty God." — Cogan's Haven of Health, p. 545. 

40. 10. " Purslane," in Turner's Herball Purcellaine, in the Grete 
Herball Porcelayne, in Dodoens Purcdayiie. " It is good against 
St. Antonies fier, called erysipelas. '' — Lyte's Dodoens, p. 576. 
" Purslain in Latin is called Portulaca, a portula = ?i little gate, 
because they fancied it to be like one." — Lemery's Treatise on 
Foods, 1704, p. 92. 

40. 12. " Rampions," Fr. raiponce, "a word mistaken as in the 
case of cerise and pease, for a plural, and the m inserted for euphony." 
— Dr. Prior, Popular Names of British Plants. 

40. 13. " Men say that who so taketh the seede of Rockat before 
he be beaten or whipt, shalbe so hardened that he shall easily 
endure the payne, according as Plinie writeth." — Lyte's Dodoens, 
p. 622. What a pity Tusser did not know of this property of the 
Rocket ! from his own account he had plenty of opportunities of 
testing it at Eton. 

40. 14. '* Sage causeth wemen to be fertill, wherefore in times 
past the people of Egypt, after a great mortalite and pestilence, 
constreyned their wemen to drinke the iuyce therof, to cause them 
the sooner to conceyue, and to bring foorth store of children." — 
Lyte's Dodoens, p. 252. 

40. 6*. " Sampere is a weede growing neare the sea-side, and 
is very plentifull about the He of Man, from whence it is brought 
to diuers parts of England, preserved in Brine, and is no lesse 
wholesome than Capers." — Cogan's Haven of Health, p. 64. 
The Eng. Samphire is a corruption of the Fr. Herbe de Saint 
Pierre, from its growing on the rocks on the sea-shore. The leaves 
are used in the form of a pickle as an article of diet. 

41. 2. "The lonians had so much Veneration for them that they 
swore by Cabbages, and were therein as superstitious as the Egyptians, 
who gave divine Honours to Leeks and Onions, for the great Benefits 



Notes and Illustrations. 271 

which they said they received from them." — Lemery's " Treatise 
on Foods," 1704, p. 73. 

41. 4. " Citrons," according to Lyte, p. 704, will cure "tremblynge 
of the hart and pensiue heavinesse, wamblynges, vomitinges, and 
lothsomnesse of the stomache." The citron was probably intro- 
duced into Europe with the orange by the Arab conquerors of 
Spain, and first received in England from that country. By a MS. 
in the Tower it appears that in 1290, 18 Edw. I., a large Spanish ship 
came to Portsmouth, and that from her cargo Queen Eleanor pur- 
chased Seville figs, dates, pomegranates, 15 Citrons, and 7 poma de 
orenge. — Way in Prompt. Parv. 

42. I. "The garden Basill is called in English Basill Roy all ox 
Basill gentle, and the smaller kinde is called Bushse (sic) Basill. 
The herbe brused with vineger and holden to the nose of suche as 
are faynt and falle/z into a sound bringeth them againe to the;«- 
selues, and the seede therof giuew to be smelled upo« causeth the 
sternutation or niesing." — Lyte's Dodoens, p. 241. "One thing I 
read in Hollerius (Lib. i. cap. i.) of Basill, which is wonderful!. 
* A certaine Italian, by often smelling to Basill, had a scorpion 
bred in his braine, and after vehement and long paines he died 
thereof.'" — Cogan's Plaven of Health, p. 50. See also 51. 34. 

42. 4. " Costmary, L, Cost us aiyiarus, Fr. caste amere, misunder- 
stood as Costns Maria;, an error that has very naturally arisen from 
this plant having been dedicated to St. Mary Magdalene, and 
called after her, Maudlin, either in allusion to her box of scented 
ointment, or to its use in the uterine affections over which she 
presided. In old authors it occurs as Herba sanctce or diva. Maria:" 
— Dr. R. Prior, Popular Names of Brit. Plants. Called also Alecost 
from its having formerly been esteemed an agreeable aromatic 
bitter, and much vsed for flavouring ale : " If you list to make a 
pleasant drinke, and comfortable to the stomache, put certaine 
handfuls of this herbe in the bottome of a vesselle, and tunne iip 
new Ale vpon it." — Cogan, Haven of Health, ch. 69. 

42. 5. " Paggles," spelt also Paigle, Pagle, Pagel, Peagle, 
Pegyll and Pygil, a name now confined to the Eastern Counties, 
and generally assigned to the Cowslip, but by Ray and Moor to 
the Ranunculus bulbosus. The derivation is uncertain. " Blake 
(yellow) as a paigle." — Ray. In Suffolk the name is applied to the 
Crowfoot, the Cuckoo-Jloiver. 

42. 8. " Our common germander or thistle benet is found and 
knowne to bee so wholesome and of so great power in medicine, as 
anie other hearbe, if they be vsed accordinglie." — Harrison, Descript. 
of Eng., ed. Furnivall,pt. i.p. 326. "Theiuyce of the leaues mengled 
with oyle, and straked vpon the eyes, driueth away the white cloude, 
called the Hawe or Pearle in the eye, and all manner dimness of 
the same." — Lyte's Dodoens, p. 25. 

42. 12. "That which is commonly called Sothernewood is the 



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male kinde of this herbe, and that which we doe call Lauender- 
cotten is the female, named in Latine Cypressiis or Santolina. The 
setting oi Lauender-cotten within the house in floure pots must needes 
be very wholesome, for it driveth away venemous wormes, both by 
strawing, and by the sauour of it, and being drunke in wine it is a 
remedie against poyson." — Cogan's Haven of Health, p. 56. 

42. 14. " INIawdelin," spelt also JMaiidlin, ISIaivdeleyn and Matide- 
linc, appears to have derived its name similarly to Costynary, q.v., and 
to have been applied to the same uses. 

43. I. "Bales," Bays, from French haie, which is formed from 
Lat. bacca = 2L. berry. In old writers bay is used for a herry generally, 
as " the bayes of ivyne," but in time the term came to be applied 
to the berries of the sweet bay, called by Virgil lauri baccas, from 
their being an article of commerce ; from the berry the term was 
extended to the tree itself. 

43. 2. " Bachelor's Buttons." So called, according to Johnson's 
Gerarde, p. 472, " from their similitude to the jagged cloathe 
buttons anciently worne in this kingdom," but according to others 
from " a habit of country fellows to carry them in their pockets to 
divine their success with their sweethearts." Called by Lyte 
(Dodoens, p. 421), Goldcup or Gold ktioppe, and described as a 
double variety of the flower now known so well as the Butterflower, 
or Buttercup, the Fr. bouton d'or. 

43. 4. " Columbine," called Colourbine in Lincoln, Aquilegia 
vulgaris, used for making stuffed chine. 

43. 7. " DafifadowndiHy, Daffodilly, Affodilly, and Daffodil, Lat. 
asphodelus, from which was formed Affodilly, the name of it in all 
the older writers, but subsequently confused with that of another 
flower, the so-called sapharoun or saftron lily : 
' The thyrde lylye jyt there ys. 
That ys called felde lylye, y wys, 
Hys levys be lyke to sapharoun. 

Men know yt therby many one.' — IMS. Sloane, 1571. 
With the taste for alliteration that is shown in popular names, the 
Sapharoun 'lily, upon blending with affodilly, became, by a sort of 
mutual compromise, daffadowndilly, whence our daffodilly and daffo- 
dil'' — Dr. R. A. Prior, Popular Names of British Plants. " Strew 
me the ground with daffadowndillies." — Spenser, Shep. Cal. 140. 

43. 8. "Eglantine," a word of doubtful origin. Chaucer writes 
it eglatere and eglentere. Fr. aigla?itier, Prov. aiglentina=^wi\d rose. 
Diez derives it from Lat. aculeus^o. prickle, through the adj. acu- 
len/us. 

43. 9. Feverfew (Pyrethrum partlie?iium), a genus of Compo- 
site plants, common in our gardens, and deriving its name from 
having long been employed as a popular remedy in ague and other 
fevers, and as an emmenagogue. It appears to possess stimulant 
and tonic properties. It is a perennial plant, and may attain a 



Notes and Illustrations. 273 

height of one or two feet. Its leaves are flat and broad, its flowers 
small. It is nearly allied to Camomile. The variety grown in 
gardens is well known under the name of "golden feather." 

43. 10. " Flower armor," evidently the Floravior, Yx. fleur d' amotir, 
from a misconception of its Latin name Amaranthtis, as though a 
compound of Amor, love, and anthus, a flower. 

43. II. " Flower de luce," XheJIos delicia?-um of the IMiddle Ages. 
Ducange, quoting from the history of the Harcourts, says : — 
" Thomas, Dux Exoniae habet comitatum de Harcourt .... per 
homagium ac reddendum y^tr^w deliciarurn apud Castrum de Rouen," 
etc. (a.d. 1423). Another derivation is as follows: — "Louis VII. 
dit le Jeune, prit le premier des fleurs de lis, par allusion k son nom 
de Loys (comme on I'ecrivait alors). On a dit dans ce temps-li 
Fleur de Loys, puis Fhur de Louis, enfin, Fleiir de Lis." (Grand- 
maison. Diet. Heraldique.) The flower that he chose seems to 
have been a white one, for Chaucer says : 

" His nekke was white as is the flour de lis." 
In E. K.'s Glossary to Spenser's Shep. Cal. April, we read "Flower 
delice, that which they use to misterme Flowre deluce being in the 
Latine called Flos delitiarum." 

43. 12. According to Lyte the Flower Gentle is identical with 
the Floramor (see above). Various species of Aviaranthus, in- 
cluding the Flower amor (43. 10), and what we now call Celosia 
cristala, or Cockscomb, were included under this name. Parkinson 
(Paradisus, p. 370) says : " We have foure or five sorts of Flower- 
gentle to trimme up this our Garden withall." — Note by Mr. J. 
Britten. 

43. 14. " Gilliflower, formerly spelt ^j'/Zfl/tr and gilofre with the 
long, from Fr. giroflee, Ital. garofalo, in Douglas's Virgil ymy?(?z/r/>, 
words formed from M. Lat. garoffolum, gariofilum, or, as in Albert 
Magn. (lib. vi. cap. 22), gariofilus, corrupted from Lat. caryophylhan 
=a clove, and referring to the spicy odour of the flower, which 
seems to have been used in flavouring wines to replace the more 
costly clove of India. The name was originally given in India to 
plants of the Pink tribe, especially the carnation, but has in England 
been transferred of late years to several Cruciferous plants. That 
of Chaucer, Spenser, and Shakspere was, as in Italy, Dianthus 
caryophyllus, Linn., that of later writers and gardeners Matthiola 
and Chciratithus, Linn. Much of the confusion in the names of 
plants has arisen from the vague use of the French terms Giroflee, 
Oeillet, and Violette, which were, all three of them, applied to flowers 
of the Pink tribe, but subsequently extended, and finally restricted 
in English to very diff'erent plants. Giroflee has become Gillifloiver, 
and passed over to the Cruci/ercE, Oeillet has been restricted to the 
Sweet Williams, and Violette has been appropriated to one of the 
numerous claimants of its name, the genus to which the pansy 
belongs." — Dr. R. A. Prior. 

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274 Notes and Illustrations. 

43. 15. " Holiokes," in Huloet's Diet. Holy Hoke. Wedgwood 
(Etym. Diet.) derives it from A.S. hoc, Welsh hocys-=.2i mallow, 
and says that it obtained the title of Holy from its being brought 
from the Holy Land, where it is indigenous. 

43. 16. "Indian Eie." This was probably a Dianthus of some 
kind (Freneh oeillet), the same perhaps which is now grown in our 
gardens as Indian or Chinese Pink. 

43. iq. Latts tihi, "a nareissus with white flowers. It groweth 
plenteously in my Lorde's garden in Syon and it is called of divers 
White Laus tibi." — Turner's Herball, pt. ii. b. 2. " It is very diffi- 
cult to ascertain what plant was meant by this name, which is also 
mentioned by Turner in his 'Names of Herbes ' (1548), and in 
his 'Libellus ' (1538), where there is a long disquisition concerning 
it. It may be Narcissus poeticiis, L., as Mr. B. D. Jackson supposes 
in his reprint of the * Libellus ' or possibly N. hifloriis, L." — Note 
by Mr. J. Britten. 

43. 20. " Lillium cum vallium," the " Lily of the Valley," in Lyte 
Lyllie Conuall, and also termed May Blossoms, May Lyllies, and 
Lyrvconfancy. 

43. 23. " Nigella Romana." The Nigella Damascena, Linn., a 
favourite old-fashioned garden annual, still to be met with in 
gardens under the names of "Love-in-a-mist," or " Devil-in-a- 
bush." 

43. 24. " Pansy," or Paunee, Fr. pensee, thought. According 
to Dr. Johnson the name is derived from Lat. panacea, but there is 
no evidence of the plant ever having been so called, or having been 
regarded as a panacea. It has received more popular names perhaps 
than any other plant, both in our own and in foreign languages. 
The following are some of the quaint titles given to it : " Cull me 
to you," or " Cuddle me to you," " Love and Idle," " Live in Idle- 
ness," " Love in Idleness " (originally " Love in idle," i.e. in vain) ; 
"Love in idle Pances," "Tittle my fancy," " Kiss me, ere I rise," 
"Jump up and kiss me," "Kiss me at the garden gate," "Pink 
of my John," " Herb Trinity," and " Three faces under one hood," 
from tiie three colours combined in one flower. It was also called 
"Hearts-ease," and "Flame flower" (M. Lat. Viola flammea'). 

Heartsease, a term meaning "a cordial''' as in Sir W. Scott's 
Antiquary, ch. xi., " Buy a dram to be eliding and claise, and a 
supper and hearts-ease into the bargain," given to certain plants 
supposed to be cardiac : at present [applied] to the pa7isy alone, but 
by Lyte, Bulleyn, and W. Turner, to the Wallfloiver equally. — Dr. 
R. A. Prior's Popular Names of British Plants, which see for an 
account of the origin of the name. 

43. 31. " Sops-in-Wine," the Clove Gilliflower, Dianthus caryo- 
phyllus, L., so called from the flowers being used to flavour wine 
or ale. Cf. Chaucer's Rime of Sir Thopas, B. 1950: 



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" Ther springen herbes grete and smale, 
The lycorys and cetewale, 
And many a clowe gilofre, 
And notemuge to putte in ale, 
Whether it be moyste or stale." 
" Bring Coronations and Sops in ivine worne of Paramoures." 

Spenser, Shep. Cal. April. 
" Garlands of Roses and Sopps in Wine" — Ibid. May. E. K., in 
his Glossary, says : " Sops in Wme, a flowre in colour much like a 
coronation (carnation), but differing in smel and quantitye." 

43. 32. " Sweete Williams," from Fr. oeillet, Lat. ocellus, a little eye, 
corrupted to Willy, and thence to William, " in reference, perhaps, 
to a popular ballad, ' Fair Margaret and Sweet William,' ^ a name 
assigned by W. Bulleyn (f. 48) to the Wallflower, but by later 
herbalists and modern gardeners, as here, to a species of pink, 
Dianthus harbatus, Linn. According to an article in the Quarterly 
Review (No. 227), it formerly bore the name of ' Sweet Saint 
William'; but the writer gives no reference, and probably had no 
authority for saying so." — Dr. R. A. Prior, pp. 228 and 250. 

43. 33. " Sweete Johns." Apparently a variety of Sweet William. 
See Parkinson's " Paradisus," pp. 319, 321, for descriptions and 
figures : " The chiefe differences betweene them are, that [Sweet 
Williams] have broader, and darker greene leaues, somewhat 
brownish, especially towards the points, and that the flowers stand 
thicker and closer, and more in number together, in the head or 
tuft."— Note by Mr. J. Britten. 

43, 35. " Star of Jerusalem." This is usually Tragopogon pra- 
tensis, L., as in Gerard, p. 736, but some other plant is likely to be 
meant here. — Note by Mr. J. Britten. 

43. 37. "Tuft gilleflowers." Probably some low-growing Di- 
anthus, such as that figured as " Matted Pinkes " by Parkinson 
(Paradisus, p. 315). — Note by Mr. J. Britten. 

43. 38. " Veluet flowers," according to Dr. Prior, the "love-lies- 
bleeding," Amarantlius caudatus, Linn., from its crimson velvety 
tassels ; according to Lyte, the same as the Flower Gentle, or 
Floramor, Yx. passevelours, A. tricolor, Linn. 

44. 5. " Eyebright." " Divers Authours write that goldfinches, 
linnets, and some other Birds make use of this Herb for the repairing 
of their own and their young ones sight." — Coles, " Adam in Eden," 
1657, p. 46. It is the "Euphrasy" of Milton, P. L. xi. 414. A 
similar story is told of the Hawk-weed. See Pliny (lib. xx. c. 7). 

44. 7. "Fumetorie,"Fr._/«»2e terre, '\jaX. fumus terrcB, earth-smoke, 
it being believed to be produced without seed from vapours arising 
from the earth, as stated by Platearius : * ^ 'Diciinr fumus terrcB, quod 
generatur a quadam fumositate grossS., a terra resoluta, et circa 

^ Printed in Ritson's Early Songs and Ballads, ed. Hazlitt, 1877. 



276 Notes ajid Illustrations. 

superficiem terrse adherente." Pliny (lib. xxv. c. 13) says that it 
takes its name from causing the eyes to water when applied to 
them, as smoke does ; 

" Take yoiire laxatives 
Of lauriol, centaure, and y}^?«jV£7Y." — 

Chaucer, Nonnes Prestes Tale, 143. 
See Burton's Anat. of Melancholy, pp. 432-3 and 438, ed. 1845. 

44. 17. " Woodrofe," spelt according to an old distich thus : 

" Double U, double O, double D, E, 
R, O, double U, double F, E." 
It derives its name originally from the Fr. roue=ia. wheel, dimin. 
rouelle, the leaves being set on the stems so as to resemble the 
large rowels of ancient spurs. 

45. 2. "Archangel." This is Archangelica officinalis, the stalks of 

which "were formerly blanched and eaten as Celeri The 

gardeners near London, who have ditches of water running through 
their gardens, propagate great quantities of this plant, for which 
they have a great demand from the confectioners, who make a 
sweetmeat with the tender stalks of it cut in ]\Iay." — Martyn's ed. 
of Miller's Gardener's Dictionary. It is still sometimes grown in 
gardens for use in the above-mentioned manner. According to 
Cogan (Haven of Health, p. 71), it will cure the bite of a mad dog. 

45. 6. According to Cogan " Cummin " was extensively used for 
washing the face, it having the effect, if not used too often, of 
making the complexion clear ; if used to excess, it caused paleness. 
He continues, " In Matthiolus (lib. 3, cap. 60) I reade a practise to 
be wrought with Cunivmie seedes, and (as I thinke) hath been vsed 
in time past of INIonkes and Friers. They that counterfait holinesse 
and leannesse of bodie, doe often vse Cummine seedes in their 
meates, and be perfumed therewith." — Haven of Health, p. 47. 

45. 8. " Detanie." Dittany {^Origanum oniies, Linn.) was com- 
monly cultivated in gardens at this period. Gerard, p. 795, says 
it is " a hot and sharpe hearbe," and speaks of it as biting the 
tongue. 

45. Q. Gromell, Grummel, or Graymyle, as Turner says it should 
be written, from granum soils and militwi soils together. " That is 
al one," says the Grete Herbal, ''granum soils and milium solis." 
The common groniwell or gray millet, Lithospermiwi officinale, Linn., 
was formerly esteemed as a remedy for the stone and other diseases. 
In a treatise on the virtues of plants, written in the 15th century, 
Roy. MS. 18 A. vi. f. 766, the following description is given: 
" Granum soils ys an herbe \2X me clepy]> gromel, or lyj^ewale : thys 
herbe ha]? leuys J^at be euelong, and a lytyl white flour, and he ha]? 
whyte seede ischape as a ston that me clepy]? margery perl." 
Cotgrave gives " Gremil, grenil, the hearb gromlll, gnwwicll, or 
graymill, peare-plant, lichewall." The word is derived by Skinner 
" a gram's sc. lapidcis, qucs. pro seminihus habei, q.d. granile." — Way, 



Notes and Illusirations. 277 

in Prompt. Parv. " Grumelle, milium, grameyt so/is." — Catholicon 
Anglicum. 

45. 12. " Louage," spelt in Prompt. Parv. and in Holland's 
Trans, of Pliny, love-ache, as though it were love-parsley. French 
levesche, A.S. lufestice, Levisticum officijiale, Koch. 

45. 14. "Mandrake." Matthioli (lib. iv. c. 61) tells us that 
Italian ladies in his own time had been known to pay as much as 
25 and 30 ducats for one of the artificial mandrakes (common 
white bryony) of itinerant quacks, and describes the process of 
their manufacture. They were supposed to remove sterility ; hence 
Rachel's anxiety to obtain them (Genesis xxx. 14). There were 
numerous other superstitions regarding this plant ; amongst others 
it was said to shriek when torn up. See Gerard's Herbal, 1597, 
p. 280, and Peacock's Glossary of Manley, etc., E. D. Soc. Lupton 
(Book of Notable Things, iii. 39) gives instructions for the manu- 
facture of Mandrakes from bryony roots. The true Mandrake is 
Atropa Mandragora, Linn. 

45. 15. Mogwort. "Mugwort, a name that corresponds in meaning 
with its synonym wyrmwyrt, wormwood, from O.E. motigh, moghe, 
or moughte, a maggot or moth. 

' And wormes and nioghes on J^e same manere 
Sal j^at day be in wittenes broght ;' — Hampole, Pricke of 
Conscience, 1. 5572 ; and Wycliffe (Matt. vi. 20) : 

' Where nefier ruste ne moughte destruye]?.' 
The name was given to this plant from its having been recom- 
mended by Dioscorides to ward off the attacks of- these insects. 
' Mogwort, al on as seyn some, modirwort : lewed folk \zt in 
manye wordes conne no rygt sownynge, but ofte shortyn wordys, 
and changyn lettrys and silablys, ]>Qy corruptyn ]ie, into u, and d 
into g, and syncopyn i, smytyn awey i and r, and seyn mugwort.' 
— MS. Arundel, 42, f. 35. It is unnecessary to have recourse to 
this singular process. The plant was known both as a moth-ivort 
and as a mother-ivort, but while it was used almost exclusively as a 
mother-wort, it still retained, at the same time, the name of mug- 
wort, a synonym of moth-tvort. In ^Ifric's glossary it is called 
matrum herba." — Dr. R. A. Prior. See Brand's Pop. Antiq. for an 
account of the superstitious custom of seeking under the root of 
this plant on ]\Iidsummer-eve for a coal, to serve as a talisman 
against many disasters. 

45. 18. " Rew." Shakspere, Hamlet, iv. 5. 181 : "There's rue 
for you ; and here's some for me : we may call it herb-grace o' 
Sundays." And Winter's Tale, iv. 4. 74 : 

" For you there's rosemary and rue ; these keep 
Seeming and savour all the winter long : 
Grace and remembrance be to you both." 
Some suppose it to have been called " herb of grace " on account 
of the many excellent properties it was held to possess, being a 



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specific against poison, the bites of venomous creatures, etc. ; but 
probably it was so called because "rue" means "repent." Cf. 
also Richard II. Act iii. sc. 4. 105 : 

" Here in this place 
I'll set a bank of rue, sour herb of grace." 

45. 22. " Bots." " Pease an beanes are as danke here as a dog, 
and this is the next way to give poor jades the hottest — Shakspere 
King Henry IV. Act ii. sc. i. " Begnawne with boisT — Taming 
of Shrew, Act iii. sc. 2. 

" Sauin." " It is often put into horses' drenches, to helpe to cure 
them of the bots, and other diseases." — Parkinson, Paradisus, p. 607. 

45. 23. "Stitchwort," spelt Stich-ivurt in Mayer and Wright, Nat. 
Antiquities, 1857, and given from a thirteenth century IMS. as the 
translation of " Valeriane." Supposed to possess the power of 
curing a pain or stitch in the sides. — See Gerard's Herbal, 1597, 
p. 43. Stellaria Holostea, Linn. 

45. 25. " Woodbine," not a bine that grows in woods, but a creeper 
that binds or entwines trees, the honeysuckle. A.S. ivudu-ivinde 
and wudti-bind, from zvudu=^di tree, ?in6.ivinda?i, bindan-=.io entwine. 
In Shakspere (Mids. Night Dr. Act iv. sc. i) it seems to mean the 
bittersweet : 

" So doth the woodbine the sweet honeysuckle 
Gently entwist." 

46. 2. " Gregorie." "This day (12th March) seems to have 
been much used as a date for agricultural observances : cf. 37. 3. 
In connexion with this it is worth while to note the Suabian saying, 
' Siie Erbsen Gregori ' (sow cabbage on St. Gregory's Day). See 
Swainson's Weather Folklore, p. 168." — Note by Mr. J. Britten. 

46. 3. " Mastiues and Mungrels." Although the influence of a 
very patriotic sumptuary tax has diminished the number of dogs, 
we have still ' thousands too manie.' [This may with truth be said 
even still.] However, as Lent now makes little difference in the 
mode of living, which it certainly did in the earlier period of the 
Reformation, our dogs are not driven by our meagre fare to prey 
on the lambs ; and therefore need not be particularly watched on 
this account. — M. Mastif is derived from O. Fr. mestif ■= a. 
mongrel (Cotgrave). In the Craven dialect a great dog is still 
called a masty. See note to 10. 19. 

By " hooke or by crooke " occurs in Spenser, Faery Queene, Bk. 
v. Canto 2, stanza 27 ; also in Heywood's Works, 1562, reprint 1867, 

P- 35- 

46. 8. No trees appear preferable to willows for fencing hop 
grounds ; and none are said to be worse than elms, as they attract 
mildews. — M. 

46. 12. " What better to skilfull," etc., that is, what can be more 
profitable to the experienced farmer than to know when to be bold, 
that is, to venture the early sowing of barley } 



Notes and Illustrations. 279 

46. 13. The Mayweed {Attthemis cotiila) is common in corn-fields 
and hedgerows. " May-weed or stinking camomile." — T. R. " Re- 
sembling cammomil but of a stinking savour and odious to bees." 
Coles' Diet. 1676. 

Cockle or Cokyl was used by Wycliffe and other old writers in 
the sense of a weed generally, but in later works has been confined 
to the gith or corn-pink. 

46. 16. Our author's meaning is, sow barley, oats and pease 
above furrows and harrow them in ; while rye is best ploughed in 
with a shallow furrow. 

46. 21. "Without cost," that is, on which no expense has been 
incurred. 

46. 24. Watering is necessary in dry seasons for what is fresh 
set or planted, but not for what is newly sown. 

46. 26. It is to be lamented, both on account of the health 
and the finances of the poor, that they are so much attached, either 
to solid food, or to watery infusions of tea. Herbs, pulse and roots 
might often supersede more expensive articles of diet. Spoonmeat, 
in this part of the island at least, is in no high request at this 
period, though it appears to have been indispensable formerly. — M. 

47. 20. "There remaineth yet a third kinde of meats, which is 
neither fish nor flesh, commonly called ivhite meats, as egges, milk, 
butter, cheese, which notwithstanding proceede and come of flesh, 
as egges from the henne, and milk from the cowe. Yet because 
they are not plainely flesh, they are permitted to be eaten upon the 
fish dales." — Cogan's Haven of Health, ed. 1612, p. 149. 

" But how soeuer this case standeth, white meats, as milke, butter 
and cheese, which were neuer so deere as in my time, and woont 
to be accounted of as one of the chiefe stales throughout the 
Hand, are now reputed as foods appertinent onelie to the inferiour 
sort, whilest such as are more wealthie, doo feed vpon the flesh of 
all kinds of cattell accustomed to be eaten, all sorts of fish taken 
vpon our coasts and in our fresh rivers, and such diuersitie of wild 
and tame foules as are either bred in our Hand or brought ouer 
vnto vs from other countries of the maine." — Harrison, Descript. of 
England, ed. Furnivall, Part I. p. 144. White meats in Lincoln 
now mean the flesh of lamb, veal, rabbits, chickens, pheasants, etc. 

48. 4. "Count best the best cheape": "For it doth the buyer 
more credit and service." — Ray. We still say" Cheap and nasty; " 
and in the Towneley Mysteries, p. 102, there is the same sentiment : 

" Men say lyght chepe 
letherly for yeeldys," 
equivalent to our English proverb : " Light cheap, litter yield." 

48. 7. It is always advisable to pay carpenters their fair wages, 
without any allowance of chips, which is a great temptation for 
them to waste timber. — M. In hewing timber, if the workman 
hews square, the seller of the timber loses all the gain of the Watie 



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edges, which gain in short is a cheat, although a very customary 
one. — T.R. 

48. 8. "Within these fortie yeeres we shall haue little great 
timber growing aboue fortie yeeres old ; for it is commonlie seene 
that those yong staddles which we leaue standing at one and twentie 
yeeres fall, are vsuallie at the next sale cut downe without any 
danger of the statute, and serue for fire bote, if it please the owner to 
burne them." — Harrison, Part I. p. 345. " There is a Statute made, 
35 Henry the 8, and the i Eliz. for the preseruation of timber trees, 
Oake, Ash, Elme, Aspe, and Beech : and that 12 storers and 
standih should bee left standing at euery fall, vpon an acre." — 
Norden's Surveyor's Dialogue, 1607, p. 213. On the decrease in 
woods, etc., in England, see Harrison's Description of England 
(New Shakspere Soc. edit. F. J. Furnivall, Part I. p. 344) and 
Norden's Surveyor's Dialogue, 1607, p. 214, in the latter of which 
one cause is stated to be the large number of hammers and 
furnaces for the manufacture of iron, and the quantity of charcoal 
used in the glass-houses ; there being, as he says : " now or lately 
in Sussex, neere 140 hammers and furnaces for iron, and in it, 
and Surry adjoyning 3,400 glasse houses : the hammers and furnaces 
spend, each of them, in every 24 houres 2, 3 or foure loades of 
charrcoale." — p. 215. "There is a Law in Spaine, that he that 
cuts down one Tree, shall plant three for it." — A Treatise of Fruit 
Trees, R. A. Austin, Oxford, 1657, p. 128. 

48. II." Leaue oxen abrode," etc. The Author of Tusser Redi- 
vivus is supported in his reading of this line by the edition of 1597, 
which has " leaue not oxe abrode." The sense, however, may 
possibly be, "keep oxen at a distance, for fear of injuring the 
young shoots. "Springe or ympe that commeth out of the rote." 
— Huloet's Abcedarium, 1552. "Keep from biting, treading un- 
derfoot, or damage of beasts whereby mischief may be 

done to the Springs, during the time limited by the statute for 
such kind of wood." — Brumby Lease, 17 16, in Peacock's Glossary, 
E. Dial. Soc. 

48. 14. " Meet with a bootie," etc., that is, as we say, find some- 
thing which was never lost. 

48. 16. Wanteth=is without, does not keep. 

48. 22. " Waine her to mee." Perhaps=:waggon, that is, drive, 
carry her to me," but it is a forced expression. 

" Such maister such man." Another form of the proverb is, 
"Trim, Tram; like master, like man." "Tel maitre, tel valet " (Fr.). 

49. Compare with Tusser's description of the faults to be avoided 
in the making of cheese the following extracts on the same subject : 

" Now what cheese is well made or otherwise may partly be per- 
ceiued by this old Latine verse : 

Non nix, non Argos, Methusalem, TMagdaleneve, 
Esaus, non Lazarus, caseus ille bonus. 



Notes and Illustrations. 281 

That is to say, Cheese should not be white as Snowe is, nor full of 
eyes as Argos was, nor old as Methusalem was, nor full of whey or 
weeping as Marie Magdalen was, nor rough as Esau was, nor full 
of spots as Lazarus. Master Tusser in his Booke of husbandrie 
addeth other properties also of Cheese well made, which who so 
listeth may read. Of this sort for the most part is that which is 
made about Banbury in Oxfordshire : for of all cheese (in my 
iudgement) it is the best, though some preferre Cheshire Cheese 
made about Nantwich : and other also commend the Cheese of 
other countries : But Banbury Cheese shall goe for my money : 
for therein (if it be of the best sort) you shall neither tast the 
renet nor salt, which be two speciall properties of good Cheese. 
Now who so is desirous to eate Cheese, must eate it after other 
meat, and in little quantitie. A pennyweight, according to the old 
saying, is enough." — Cogan's Haven of Health, ed. 161 2, pp. 158-9. 
Andrew Boorde, in his Dyetary already referred to, p. 266, 
mentions 5 kinds of cheese, namely : " grene chese, softe chese, 
harde chese and spermyse. Besyde these iiij natures of chese, 
there is a chese called a rewene chese, the whiche, yf it be well 
orderyd, doth passe all other cheses, none excesse taken." .... 
" Chese that is good oughte not be to harde nor to softe, but 
betwyxt both ; it shuld not be towgh nor brultell ; it ought not to 
be swete, nor tarte, nor to salt, nor to fresshe ; it must be of good 
savour and taledge, nor full of iyes, nor mytes, nor magottes." 
" Yf a chees is drie. 
Hit is a vyce, and so is many an eye 
Yf it see with, that cometh yf sounyng brendde, 
Or moche of salt, or lite of presse, it shende." — 
Palladius on Husbondrie, E. E. Text Soc. ed. Lodge, p. 154. 
With these extracts showing the essentials of good cheese, compare 
the following description of Suffolk Cheese, locally termed Bang 
and Thump, and made of milk several times skimmed : 
" Unrivall'd stands thy county cheese, O Giles ! 

Whose very name alone engenders smiles ; 

Whose fame abroad by every tongue is spoke, 

The well-known butt of many a flinty joke, 

Its name derision and reproach pursue. 

And strangers tell of " three times skimm'd skye blue." — 

Blomfield. 
Its toughness has given rise to a number of local illustrations. In 
one the cheese exclaims : 

" Those that made me were uncivil, 

For they made me harder than the devil ; 

Knives won't cut me ; fire won't sweat me ; 

Dogs bark at me, but can't eat me." 
" Hunger will break through stone walls, or anything except 
Suffolk cheese," is a proverb from Ray. Mowbray says "it is only 



282 Notes and Illustrations. 

fit to be cut up for gate latches, a use to which it is often applied." 
Other writers represent it as most suitable for making wheels for 
wheelbarrows. 

49 c. " Argusses eies." The mythical Argus, surnamed Panoptes 
(the All-seer), had a hundred eyes ; he was placed by Juno to guard 
lo, and at his death his eyes were transplanted to the peacock's 
tail. 

49. I. To fleet or skim the cream is a verb still in use in East 
Anglia, and the utensil used for the purpose is termed a fleeting- 
dish. " I flete mylke, take away the creame that lyeth above it 
whan it hath rested." — Palsgr. " Eshiirrer, to fleet the creame 
potte ; laid esburre, fleeted milk ; viaigtie, fleeted milke or whaye." 
— Hollyband's Treasurie. ''Ye floied too nie"= you skimmed off 
too much of the cream. 

49. 3. If cheeses are full of eyes, it is a proof that the curd was 
not properly worked. 

49. 4. Hoven cheese is occasioned by negligence in breaking 
the curd ; and therefore Cisley deserves to be driven to creeks, or 
holes and corners, for her idleness and inattention. — M. 

49. 5. Tough or leathery cheese may arise from its being set 
too hot, or not worked up, and the curd broken in proper time. — M. 

49. 6. Various causes may bring on corruption in cheese, such 
as the use of beastings, or milk immediately after calving, moisture, 
bruises and such like. 

49. 7. Hairs in cheese can only arise from inexcusable careless- 
ness, or from Cisley's combing and decking her hair in the dairy. 

49. 9. Magget the p3' =the magpie, a pun on the word magget, 
in its two meanings of 1. a maggot, 2. a magpie, commonly called in 
Prov. Eng. magot-pie, maggoty-pie, from mag, maggot-=iMeg, Maggie 
=LMarge)y, Margaret, and/zi-; Fr. margot, old dxcciva.oi Marguerite, 
and common name of the magpie. The line, therefore, reads, 
" If maggots be crawling in the cheese, fetch magget the py." 
" Pie, meggatapie." — Cotgrave. Cf. Shakspere, INIacbeth, Act 
iii. sc. 4, 125. 

49. 10. ''Cisley, in running after the Bishop in passing, as was 
the practice in former times, in order to obtain his blessing, might 
accidentally leave her milk on the fire ; and on her return, finding 
it burnt to the pan, might probably curse the prelate for her mishap, 
which conduct deserved correction, or a left-handed blessing from 
her mistress." So Dr. Mavor. Mr. Skeat remarks in reference to 
it : " That stupid story makes me cross ; it is such an evident in- 
vention, and no soul has ever adduced the faintest proof of any 
such practice. The allusion is far less circuitous, viz. to the bishops 
who burnt people for heresy. That they did so is too notorious." 
The following extract appears strongly to bear out Mr. Skeat's 
view : " When a thynge speadeth not well we borowe speach and 
say ' the byshope hath blessed it,' because that nothynge speadeth 



Notes and Illustrations. 283 

well that they medyll withall. If the podech be burned to, or the 
meate over rosted, we say ' the byshope has put his fote in the potte' 
or ' the byshope hath played the coke,' because the byshopes burn who 
they lust, and whosoever displeaseth them." — Quotation from 
Tyndale's Obedyence of a Chrystene Man, 1528, p. 166, in Brockett, 
North Country Glossary, 1825, page 16. If we consider that these 
verses were written while the memory of the numbers who had 
suffered death at the stake for their religion was still fresh in the 
minds of the people, Mr. Skeat's view, borne out, as it is, by the 
foregoing extract, certainly appears the more reasonable and 
probable. 

50. II. "Here reede": we may take this as meaning either 
" here read," or, adopting the older meaning of the word reede 
(A.S. r(e^=:advice, warning), as " hear my advice or warning." 

50. 27. " Take nothing to halues," that is, do nothing by halves. 

50. 30. " Tell fagot and billet," etc. ; count your faggots and 
fire-vv^ood, to prevent the boys and girls from pilfering it, so that 
when you come to fetch it you find " a quarter be gone." So also 
in the next stanza, watch the coal men filling the sacks, lest you 
should get short weight ; and, when the coals are delivered, see the 
sacks opened, for fear the coal dealer and the carman should be 
' two in a pack,' or ' harp on one string,' and between them you 
be defrauded. 

51. I. "Philip and Jacob," that is, St. Philip and St. James' 
Day, May ist. " When flocks were more uniform as to breed and 
management, lambs used to be separated from their dams on this 
day, for the purpose of tithing as well as milking." — M. " Requiem 
asternam," a portion of the Roman Catholic Service for the dead, 
hence " least requiem mternam in winter they sing"=lest they die 
in the winter from not having been allowed to become sufficiently 
strong before being taken from their dams, and thus being in- 
capable of enduring the severity of the weather. 

51. 4. " Barberlie handled," that is, " secundum artem, as a barber 
surgeon would do, by first cutting away extraneous substances, and 
then rubbing the part with dust." — M. Tusser Redivivus calls the 
lumps of dirt and worms which gather on the wool under a sheep's 
tail " treddles" 

51. 6. During the summer season, hollow and decayed pollards 
in particular, or woodsere, cannot be lopped without danger. Ivy, 
however, is to be removed ; or it will, by the closeness of its 
embraces, prevent trees from addling, that is, growing or increasing 
in size. — M. 

51. 8. The Thrasher serves the Cattle with fresh Straw, the Hogs 
with Risk (offal, corn and weeds, and short knotty straw). — T.R. 
(May). 

51. 10. "A weede hooke, a crotch, and a gloue." Fitzherbert 
(Boke of Husbandry, 1586) enumerates, as "y^ chyef instrumentes 



284 Notes and Illustrations. 

for weeding, a paier of tonges made of wood and in the farther end 
it is nicked to hold ye wede faster .... yf it be drye wether then 
must ye have a wcdyi7ig hoke with a socket set upon a lytle staffe a 
yard longe. And this hoke wolde be wel steled and grounde sharpe 
bothe behynde and before. And in his other hande he hath a 
forked stycke a yarde long." The whole account of weeding in the 
" Boke " is very quaint. In former days thistles were gathered 
from the corn for the feeding of cattle, and the left hand of the 
reaper was guarded with a leathern glove : there is an entry among 
the expenses of the Priory of Holy Island for 1344-5 of "gloves 
for 14 servants when they gathered the tythe corn, is. Sd." See 
V Johnston's " Botany of the Eastern Borders." — Note by Mr. J. 
Britten. 

51. II. "The May weed doth burn" {Anthemt's co/ula, L.). The 
juice of this plant is possessed of an acrid blistering property which 
renders it extremely noxious to reapers. The irritating effects are 
produced in a still greater degree by the seed when ripe, and are 
mostly manifested in the lower extremities, from the close adhesion 
of the seeds by their rough surface, aided by the friction of the 
shoe, causing first abrasion, then active inflammation, and even 
ulceration. Dr. Bromfield (Flora Vectensis) says : " I have been 
repeatedly assured by the peasantry that they have known men in- 
capacitated for work, and laid up, from the injurious operation of 
this noxious weed, for days together in "harvest time." 

" The thistle doth fret." Fitzherbert (Boke of Husbandry) says : 
" The thystell is an yll wede rough and sharpe to handle, and 
freateth away the comes nA'ghe it. 

" The fitches pul downward." The hairy tare, Vicia hirsuta, L. 
Fitch = vetch. 

" The cockle," Lychnis Githago, L. " Cockole hath a large smal 
\ju~\ leafe and wyll beare v or vi floures purple colloure as brode 
as a grote, and the sede is rounde and blacke." — Fitzherbert, Boke 
of Husbandry. 

" Boddle." The corn marigold, Chrysanthemum, segetum, L., more 
usually called boodle or buddle in the East of England ; in Kent, 
yellow bottle ; in Scotland, gools, gules, or goolds, in allusion to 
the colour of the flower. This is a very noxious weed, the non- 
extirpation of which in Scotland was formerly a punishable off'ence : 
certain persons (hence called " gool-riders ") were appointed to 
ride through the fields on a certain day, and impose a fine of three 
shillings and fourpence, or a wether sheep, for every stalk of the 
plant found growing in the corn. The custom is of great antiquity, 
and exists in a modified form at the present day, the fine being re- 
duced to a penny. Linnaeus states that a similar law exists in 
Denmark. — Note by Mr. J. Britten. 

51. 13. Buckwheat, Dutch boekiveit, Ger. btickwaitzen, from the 
resemblance of its triangular seeds to beech-nuts, a name adopted 



Notes ajid Illustrations. 285 

with its culture from the Dutch. — It is a tender plant, and must be 
sown late. — M. It is also very proper to sow it (bucke) before 
wheat, the ground is made clean and fine by it, and it sufficing 
itself with a Froth leaves the solid Strength for the Wheat. — T.R. 
(May). Polygojvum Fagopyrum, Linn. 

" Brank " = buckwheat, from a Latin word, hrance, that occurs in 
Pliny lib. xviii. cap. 7, where it seems rather to mean a barley. 
" Galliae quoque suum genus farris dedere, quod illic hrance vocant, 
apud nos sandalam, nitidissimi grani." The word will be identical 
with hlanc, white. Port, branco, and equivalent to ivheat, which pro- 
perly means " white." — Popular Names of British Plants, Dr. R. A. 
Prior, 1870, p. 28. Pancakes are made of it in Holland. — T.R. 

51. 15. Pidgeons, Rooks, and other Vermine, about that time 
begin to be scanted, and will certainly find them [peas] out, be 
they in never so by a Corner. — T.R. (May). 

51. 16. Fimble, or Female Hemp, so called, I suppose, because 
it falls to the Female's share to teiv-taw it, that is, to dress it and to 
spin it, etc. The Fimble Hemp is that which is ripe soonest and 
fittest for spinning, and is not worth above half as much as the 
Carle with its seed. — T.R. " The male is called Charle Hempc, and 
Winter Hempe ; the Female Barren Hempe and Somvier Hempe" — 
Gerard's Herball, p. 572. " Hemp was much cultivated here until 
the end of the great war with France. The Carl or male hemp was 
used for ropes, sackcloth, and other coarse manufactures : the 
fimhle, or female hemp, was applied to making sheets and other 
domestic purposes." — Peacock's Gloss, of Manley, etc., E. D. Soc. 

It is curious that the Karl or male hemp should be in reality the 
female plant, but other authors use the names in the same way. 
" The femell hempe .... beareth no sede." — Fitzherbert, " Boke 
of Husbandry." See also 55. 8. Gerard says the female hemp is 
" barren and without seede, contrarie to the nature of that sexe." — 
Note by INIr. J. Britten. 

51. 17. The fact of the Hop being one of the plants which twine 
from left to right had thus been observed as early as Tusser's time. 
— Note by ]\Ir. J. Britten. 

51. 19. The tine tare ["a tare that tines or encloses and im- 
prisons other plants, Vicia hirsutal" — Prior] is now seldom attempted 
to be raked out, for fear of greater mischief from the practice than 
from its neglect. The safest way is certainly to cut the tine near 
the root, but the operation is extremely tedious. — M. 

51. 21. "The Fawy riseth in Fawy moore in a verie quaiie mire, 
on the side of an hill." — Harrison, ed. 1587, Bk. i. c. 12. 

Cf. "The wal wagged and clef, and al the worlde quavedP — 

Piers Plowman, ed. Skeat, B Text, Passus xviii. 61. 
" Quave of a myre (quaue as of a myre), Lahina. Quavyn, as myre, 
TremoT — Prompt. Parv. Herman, in his chapter de re edificatoria, 
observes that " a quauery or a maris and unstable foundation must 



286 Notes and Illustrations. 

be holpe with great pylys of alder rammed downe, and with a 
frame of tymbre called a crossaundre {fisiiica}" . In Caxton's 
INIirrour of the World, Part II. c. 22, it is said, "understande ye 
how the erthe quaueth and shaketh, that somme peple calle an erthe 
quaue, by cause they fele the erthe meue and quaue vnder their 
feet." " Quaue myre, foundriere cronliere." — Palsgrave. Forby 
gives Quavery-mavery =: undecided, hesitating. — Way, Note in 
Prompt. Parv., s.v. Quave. 

51. 25. The meaning is, make your dunghill on the headland, 
especially where shaded with trees and bushes, as they will prevent 
the moisture from exhaling. — M. 

" I see in some meddowes gaully places where little or no 
grasse at al groweth, by reason (as I take it) of the too long 
standing of the water, for such places are commonly low, where 
the water standeth, not hauing vent to passe away, and therefore 
meanes must be first made for the evacuation of the water : for the 
continual standing of the water consumeth the grasse, and makes 
the place bare, and sinketh it. In such a place, therefore, sow in 
the Spring-time some hay-seed, especially the seed of the claver 
grasse,' or the grasse hony-suckle,' and other seeds that fall out of 
the finest and purest hay : and in the sowing of it, mingle with it 
some good earth ; but sow not the hony-suckle grasse in too moist 
a ground, for it liketh it not." — Norden's Surveyor's Dialogue, 
1607, pp. 201-2. Gauls are void spaces in Coppices which serve 
for nothing but to entice the Cattel into it, to its great Damage. — 
T.R. 

51. 29. If the land is overstocked in summer, you may, perhaps, 
be obliged to assist your cattle to rise in winter ; or, in other words, 
" to lift at their tails." — M. Cf. 21. 14. 

51. 32. It appears to have been the custom formerly to allow, in 
warm weather, sleep for an hour or two. In Norfolk we are told 
the practice is not quite obsolete on churning days when the 
mistress and maids get up early ; and likewise among the plough- 
men, where two journies a day are performed with their teams, and 
an interval allowed for rest. — M. 

" Patch." Cf. Shakspere, Mid. Night's Dr., Act iii. sc. 2 ; and 
Merchant of Venice, Act ii. sc. 5. 

" Growthed''=grout-hed=thick head, fat head. Cf. gr(m}tnoul-=. 
a blockhead. " Groivte noivle come to the King." — Promos and 
Cassandra, p. 81. 

61. 33. Stilling, or distilling, may be a "pretty feat," but we 
doubt if it is very profitable, and if it does not furnish a temptation 
to dram-drinking, under the mask of simple and medicinal waters. 
— M. 

52. 6. See note to 15. 8. 

' Clover. * Trefoil. 



Notes ajid Illustrations. 287 

52. 16. "Swinge brembles and brakes," this is, cut down with a 
sweeping instrument somewhat resembling a scythe. 

53. I. " Sheep-shearing takes place only once, viz. in the month 
of June ; the heaviest wethers weigh sixty pounds, others from 
forty to fifty pounds : they bear at the most not more than six, 
others four or five pounds of wool ; one of the best wethers (not- 
withstanding that they are very abundant) sells for about twenty 
shillings, that is, ten French francs or five thalers ; the inferior 
sort about ten shillings, or five francs ; and the Avorst about six or 
eight English shillings. The skin of the best wether and sheep is 
worth about twelve pence, that is, four and a half German batzen ; 
the worst about eight pence or three batzen ; a pound of wool 
about twelve pence, or four and a half batzen." — Rathgeb, 1602, 
Rye, p. 51 (quoted in Harrison's Description of England, ed. 
Furnivall, Part I. p. Ixxxiii). " Running Water is best, . . . but 
then it is oft-times very sheer and cold." — T.R. (June). 

53. 2. "Grote." "In this yere [1349] the kynge caused to be 
coyned grotes and half grotes, the whiche lacked of the weight of 
his former coyne, ii^- vi'*- in a li [libra, pound] Troy." — Fabyan, 
p. 461. The groai was only equal to about three and a half silver 
pennies instead of four. 

53. 3. " The Pie will discharge thee," etc., that is, the magpie 
will save you the trouble, etc., alluding to birds eating vermin 
on sheep's backs. 

53. 4. "Ouercome"=overtake, or keep up with; don't mow more 
than you can easily make, not too much at once, lest part of it be 
spoiled for want of hands. 

"Cock apace." Cf Piers Plowman, C. Text, Passus vi. 12, 13 
(ed. Skeat). 

" Canstow seruen, he seide, oj-er syngen in a churche, 
Oj^er colie for my cokers, oj^er to ]>q cart picche ? " 
i.e. put hay into cocks for my harvest men. Mr. Skeat quotes in his 
note to this passage : " Bee it also prouided, that this act, nor any- 
thing therein contained, doe in any wise extende to any cockers 
or haruest folkes that trauaile into anie countrie of this realme for 
haruest worke, either corne haruest, or hay haruest, if they doe 
worke and labour accordingly." — Rastall, Statutes ; Vagabonds, 
etc., p. 474. 

53. 5. To employ your labourers in ploughing, or in performing 
other parts of husbandry, till the dew is off" the grass, is unquestion- 
ably a saving of time, and essentially forwards the business of the 
farm. — M. 

53. 6. He who is constantly borrowing tools and other things 
which he ought to have of his own, lays himself under obligation 
to the lender, who expects twice as much in return. 

53. 15. "Woodsere" heremeansthe proper season for felling wood. 

53. 18. " Fieing." "Feigh, Fey, vb. to clean out a drain, gutter or 



288 Notes and Illustratiojis. 

cesspool. • Paid to John Lavghton in haruest for feighin^^e the 
milne becke.' — Kirton in Lindsey Ch. Ace. 1582. George Todd's 
feyi7i! out the sink hole." — Peacock's Glossary, E. Dial. Soc. 1877. 
To fey a ditch or pond is to empty and clean it ; and the mud 
taken from such places, if mixed with lime or chalk, forms an ex- 
cellent compost for pasture grounds. — Vl. Cf. Icel. fccgj'a, to 
cleanse, whence our word is derived. 

53. 19. " Of late yeares also we haue found and taken vp a great 
trade in planting of hops, whereof our moorie hitherto and vnprofit- 
able grounds doo yeeld such plentie and increase that there are few 
farmers or occupiers in the countrie, which haue not gardens and 
hops growing of their owne, and those farre better than doo come 
from Flanders vnto vs. Certes the corruptions vsed by the Flemings, 
and forgerie dailie practised in this kind of ware, gaue vs occasion 
to plant them here at home ; so that now we may spare and send 
manie ouer vnto them. And this I know by experience that some 
one man by conuersion of his moorie grounds into hopyards, 
wherof before he had no commoditie, dooth raise yearelie by so 
little as twelue acres in compasse two hundred markes ; all charges 
borne toward the maintenance of his familie. Which Industrie 
God continue ! Though some secret freends of Flemings let not 
to exclaime against this commoditie, as a spoile of wood, by reason 
of the poles, which neuerthelesse after three yeares doo also come 
to the fire, and spare their other fewell."^ — Harrison, Descript. of 
Eng., 1587, p. no. "Lowe and spungie grounds trenched is good 
for hopps, as Sufiblke, Essex, and Surrie, and other places doe find 
to their profit." — Norden, p. 206. Evelyn, Sylva, pp. 201, 469, ed. 
Hunter, asserts that there was a petition against them temp. Henry 
VI., but no record of it appears on the rolls of Parliament. Brewing 
with hops was not introduced here till the reign of King Henr}' VHI. 
(Stow, Hist. p. 1038.) Bcre, however, is mentioned in 1504. (Leland, 
Coll. vi. p. 30, and see Dr. Percy on Northumberland Book, p. 414.) 
— Pegge's Forme of Cury, ed. 1780, p. xxiii. See a long note in 
Prompt. Parv., s.v. Hoppe ; and also " Pharmacographia," p. 496. 

54. II. For wanting at will=for fear of having none when you 
really want it. 

55. 2. Hay for neat cattle may be made with less labour, and 
more expeditiously than for horses ; because, if it is a little mow 
burnt, it will not be the less acceptable to them ; and besides, the 
fermentation it undergoes, if not carried too far, has a natural 
tendency to mellow coarse grass. — M. 

55. 4. Avise auouse is French jargon for take precautmis. Ill- 
made hay is apt to take fire ; if much wetted with rain, to become 
mouldy. Hard and fine hay is best for horses ; soft and coarse 
hay will be more acceptable to cattle ; while short hay is coveted 
by sheep. — M. 

55. 6. Thry fallowing, or the third plowing, should be performed 



Notes and Illicstrations. 289 

pretty early in the summer, in order that the ground may acquire 
sufficient hardness to resist the seeds of thistles and other weeds, 
even at the risk of requiring another stirring. — M. 

55. 7. This can only refer to garden beans, but the practice is 
now obsolete. 

55. 8. See note to 51. 16. 

55. 10. "Wormwood, a word corrupted from A.S. tvermod, Ger. 
wermuth, O.S. we?'e?nede, words which seem to be compounded with 
Ger. wehren, A.S. zuerian:=to keep off, and mod or made-=.maggot, 
but which, by an accidental coincidence of sound, have been 
understood as though the first syllable were worm. L. Diefenbach 
would prefer to derive it from a Celtic root that means " bitter," 
Welsh chwerw, Cornish whcrow. Be its origin what it may, it 
was understood in the Middle Ages as meaning a herb obnoxious 
to maggots, and used to preserve things from them, and was also 
given as an anthelmintic or worm medicine. Artemisia Absinthium, 
L." — Dr. R. A. Prior, Pop. Names of Brit. Plants. "Two sorts of 
Wormewood are well knowen of many, that is, our common Worme- 
wood, and that which is called Po7iticum, now sowen in many 
gardens, and commonly called French-wormewood. And while it is 
yong, it is eaten in Salats with other herbes, to the great com- 
moditie of the stomacke and Liuer. For it strengthneth a weake 
stomacke, and openeth the Liuer and Splene. For which purpose 
there is to be had in the Stilliard at London a kind of wine named 
Worme-wood wine, which I would wish to be much used of all 
such Students as be weake of stomacke. They may easily haue a 
rundlet of three or foure gallons or lesse, which they may draw 
within their owne chambers as need requireth. I was woont when 
appetite failed to steepe a branch or two of common Wormewood 
in halfe a pint of good white wine, close couered in some pot all 
night, and in the morning to straine it through a clean linnen 
cloth, and put in a little sugar and warme it, and so drinke it. Or 
sometime to burne a little quantitie of wine with sugar, and a 
branch or two of Wormewood put into it. Wherein I have found 
many times marvellous commoditie, and who so shall vse it now 
and then, shal be sure of a good stomacke to meat, and be free 
from wormes." — Cogan's Haven of Health, p. 55. "■Wormwood, 
centaury, pennyroyal, are likewise magnified and much prescribed, 
especially in hypochondrian melancholy, daily to be used, sod in 
whey." — Burton, Anat. of Melancholy, p. 432. 

55. 12. "As many doo more," i.e. as many others do. Cf. 63. 18. 

56. 7. There is a proverb : " One scabb'd sheep's enough to 
spoil a flock." 

56. II. In Lincolnshire corn aff"ected by the smut is called /<7rw« 
corn, the reason assigned being that when tithes were paid in kind, 
the sheaves that had the most smuts in them were always given to 
the parson, if he could be seduced into taking them. — See Peacock's 
Gloss, of Manley, etc., E. Dial. Soc. 1877. 

19 



290 Notes and Illustrations. 

56. 20. Moiv-hurn is occasioned by the Hay being stack'd too 
soon, before its own juice is thoroughly dried, and by Norfolk 
people is called the Red Raiv ; not such as is occasioned by stacking 
it when wet with Rain, which is a nasty musty and stinks. — T.R. 

56. 26. Hentzner, p. 79 (quoted in Harrison's Description of 
England, ed. F. J. Furnivall, p. Ixxxiv), says : " As we were re- 
turning to our inn (at Windsor, Sept. 14), we happened to meet 
some country people celebrating their Harvest-home ; their last 
load of corn they crown with flowers, having besides an image 
richly dressed, by which, perhaps, they would signify Ceres ; this 
they keep moving about, while men and women, men and maid 
servants, riding through the streets in the cart, shout as loud as 
they can till they arrive at the barn." 
" Tis merie in hall. 
When beards wag all." 
This proverb is of great antiquity. It occurs in the Life of Alexander 
(formerly, but erroneously, attributed to Adam Davie), written in 
1 3 12, where the words are: 

" Swithe mury hit is in halle. 
When burdes wawen alle." — Weber's Met. Rom. 
It occurs also in Shakspere, 2 Henry IV. Act v. sc. 3, and is quoted 
in the Merie Tales of Skelton, is^l- See also Ray's Proverbs. 

67. 3. In Harrison's Descript. of England, Part II. p. 50 et seq., 
there is a long chapter on the cultivation and uses of Saffron in 
England, from which I extract the following : " As the Saffron of 
England, which Platina reckneth among spices, is the most excel- 
lent of all other ; for it giueth place neither to that of Cilicia, 
whereof Solinus speaketh, neither to anie that commeth from 
Cilicia, where it groweth upon the mount Taurus, Tmohis, Italie, 
^iolia, Sicilia ox Licia, in sweetnesse, tincture and continuance ; so 
of that which is to be had amongst us, the same that grows about 
Saffron Walden, somtime called Waldenburg, in the edge of Essex, 
first of all planted there in the time of Edward the Third, and that 
of Glocestershire and those westerlie parts, which some thinke to 
be better than those of Walden, surmounteth all the rest, and 
therefore beareth worthilie the higher price, by sixpence or twelue 

pence most commonlie in the pound The heads of saffron 

are raised in Julie, either with plough, raising or tined hooke ; and 
being scowred from their rosse or filth, and seuered from such 
heads as are ingendred of them since the last setting, they are 
interred againe in Julie and August by ranks or rowes, and being 
couered with moulds, they rest in the earth, where they cast forth 
little fillets and small roots like vnto a scallion, until September, in 
the beginning of which moneth the ground is pared and all weeds 
and grasse that groweth vpon the same remooved, to the intent 
that nothing may annoie the floure when as his time dooth come 
to rise. These things being thus ordered in the latter end of the 



Notes a7id Illustrations. 291 

aforesaid moneth [of September], the floure beginneth to appeere 
of a whitish blew, fesse, or skie colour, and in the end shewing 
itselfe in the owne kind, it resembleth almost the Leiicotmi of 
Theophrast, sauing that it is longer, and hath in the middest thereof 
three chines verie red and pleasant to behold. These floures are 
gathered in the morning before the rising of the sunne, which 
otherwise would cause them to welke or flitter. And the chines 
being picked from the floures, these are throwne into the doong- 
hill ; the other dried vpon little kelles couered with streined can- 
uasses vpon a soft fire ; wherby and by the weight that is laied 
vpon them, they are dried and pressed into cakes, and then bagged 
vp for the benefit of their owners. In good yeeres we gather foure 
score or an hundred pounds of wet saffron of an acre, which being 
dried dooth yeeld twentie pounds of drie and more. Whereby, 
and sith the price of saff'ron is commonlie about twentie shillings 
in monie, or not so little, it is easie to see what benefit is reaped 

by an acre of this commoditie For admit that the triple 

tillage of an acre dooth cost 1 3 shillings foure pence before the 
saffron be set, the clodding sixteene pence, the taking of euerie 
load of stones from the same foure pence, the raising of euerie 
quarter of heads six pence, and so much for cleansing of them, 
besides the doong which is woorth six pence the load to be laid on 
the first yeere, for the setting three and twentie shillings and 
foure pence, for the paring fiue shillings, six pence for the picking 
of a pound wet, etc. ; yea though he hire it readie set, and paie 
ten pounds for the same, yet shall he susteine no damage, if warme 
weather and open season doo happen at the gathering." Harrison 
then describes fully the culture of saffron, and the adulterations and 
tricks practised by the dealers, and afterwards describes the virtues 
of it : " Our saffron (beside the manifold vse that it hath in the 
kitchin and pastrie, also in our cakes at bridals, and thanksgivings 
of women) is verie profitably mingled with those medicines which 
we take for the diseases of the breast, of the lungs, of the liuer, 
and of the bladder ; it is good also for the stomach if you take it 
in meat, for it comforteth the same, and maketh good digestion : 
being sodden also in wine, it not onelie keepeth a man from 
dronkennesse, but incorageth also unto procreation of issue. If 
you drinke it in sweet wine, it inlargeth the breath, and is good for 
those that are troubled with the tisike and shortnesse of the wind : 
mingled with the milke of a woman, and laied vpon the eies, it 
staieth such humors as descend into the same, and taketh away the 
red wheales and pearles that oft grow about them : it killeth moths 
if it be sowed in paper bags verie thin, and laid vp in presses 
among tapistrie or apparrell : also it is verie profitable laid vnto 
all inflammations, painefuU aposthumes, and the shingles, and doth 

no small ease vnto deafnes Three drams thereof taken at 

once, which is about the weight of one shilling nine pence halfe 
penie, is deadlie poison." 



292 Notes and Illustrations. 

57. 3. "The two S. Maries daies," i.e. July 22nd, St. Mary Magda- 
lene's Day, and August 15th, the feast of the Assumption of the 
Virgin Mary. — M. Mr. Skeat suggests that the days meant are 
August 15th and September 8th, the Nativity of the Virgin Mary. 

57. 5. Mustard-seed is very apt to shed, and therefore should be 
gathered before it becomes too ripe. After dressing it is to be 
laid in a seller or garret. " Soller, a lofte, gamier." — Palsgrave. 
" Garytte, hay solere." — Prompt. Parv. 

57. 8. Though all the editions which I have seen read as 
printed in the text, it is evident that Tusser meant exactly the 
opposite, viz. : 

" By day will deceiue thee, etc. 
By great will dispatch, etc." 
Men who take work by the great, that is, by the job or contract, 
are, as experience tells us, naturally anxious to get the work done as 
soon as possible, while those who are engaged by the day as natu- 
rally try to spin out the work as long as they can. According to 
Carr's Craven Glossary, a Day-work is three roods of land. " Four 
perches make a day-worke ; ten daysworks make a roode or quarter." 
(Twysden MS. quoted by Halliwell.) The latter agrees with 
Norden's statement : " You must know (says he), that there goe 
160 perches to one acre ; 80 perches to halfe an acre ; 40 perches 
to one roode, which is \ of an acre ; ten daies worke to a roode, 
foure perches to a daies worke ; 16 foote and a halfe to a perche." 
{Surveior's Dialogue, 1610.) In Co'w&Vs, Inierpreier we Te.dL.d " Day- 
were of Land, as much arable ground as could be ploughed up in 
one day's work, or one journey, as the farmers still call it." 

57. g. " Harvest lord," the principal reaper who goes first and 
regulates the movements of the rest; Harvest-Lady, the second reaper 
in the row, called in Cambridgeshire the Harvest-Queen. The rate 
at which the Harvest-lord reaped of course regulated that of the 
others, and therefore Tusser recommends that he should have a 
penny or two extra in order to encourage him to have an eye to 
the loiterers, and to keep all up to the mark. Cf. : 
" At heighe pryme Peres lete the plowe stonde. 
To ouersen hem hymself, and who-so best wroujte 
He shulde be huyred therafter whan heruest tyme come." 
Piers Plowman, ed. Skeat, E. E. Text Soc. B Text, Passus vi. 114. 
The following particulars as to the farmer's expenses at harvest 
time are quoted by Mr. Skeat in his notes to Piers Plowman, C. 
Text, Passus ix. 104, from Sir J. CuUum's Hist, of Hawsted, Suffolk, 
2nd ed. : " The outgoings [in harvest] were called the costs of 
autumn, and are thus stated. In 1388, [we find] the expences of a 
ploughman, head reaper, baker, cook, brewer, deye, z\\\ reapers 
{sic) hired for i day ; 30 bedrepes (days of work performed in 
harvest-time by the customary tenants, at the bidding of their lord), 
the men [being] fed, according to custom, with bread and herring ; 



Notes and Illustrations. 293 

3 qrs. 3 bu. of wheat from the stock ; 5 qrs. 3 bu. of malt from the 
stock; meat bought, 10s. lod. ; 5 sheep from the stock; fish and 
herrings bought, ^s. ; herrings bought for the customary tenants, 
yd. ; cheese, milk, and butter bought (the dairy being let), gs. bd. ; 
salt, ^d. ; candles, 5^. ; pepper, 3^. ; spoons, dishes, and faucets, 
$d. 30 bedrepes, as before; 19 reapers, hired for i day, at their 
own board, ^d. each ; 80 men, for i day, and kept at the lady's 
board, ^d. each : 140^ men {sic) hired for i day, at 3^. each ; the 
wages of the head reaper, 6.?. %d. ; of the brewer, 3^'. ^d. ; of the 
cook, 3^. ^d. 30 acres of oats tied up by the job {per iaskani), 
IS. %d. ; 6 acres of bolymong cut and tied up by the job, -i,s. \d. ; 
16 acres of pease, cut by the job, ^s. ; 5 acres of pease and boly- 
mong, cut and tied up by the job, 25-. bd. ; 3 acres of wheat, cut and 
tied up by the job, \s. i \d.'' [Here follow similar details for 1389, 
including a mention of 5 pairs of harvest-gloves, io</.] " What a 
scene of bustling industry was this ! for, exclusive of the baker, 
cook, and brewer, who, we may presume, were fully engaged in 
their own offices, here were 553 persons employed in the first year ; 
in the second, 520 ; and in a third, 538 ; yet the annual number of 
acres, of all sorts of corn, did not much exceed 200. From this 
prodigious number of hands, the whole business must have been 
soon finished. There were probably 2 principal days ; for two 

large parties were hired, every year, for i day each These 

ancient harvest-days must have exhibited one of the most cheerful 
spectacles in the world. One can hardly imagine a more animated 
scene than that of between 200 and 300 harvest-people all busily 
employed at once, and enlivened with the expectation of a festivity, 
which perhaps they experienced but this one season in the year. 
All the inhabitants of the village, of both sexes, and all ages, that 
could work, must have been assembled on the occasion ; a muster 
that, in the present state of things, would be impossible. The 
success of thus compressing so much business into so short a time 
must have depended on the weather. But dispatch seems to have 
been the plan of agriculture at this time, at least in this village. 
We have seen before, that 60 persons were hired for i day, to weed 
the corn. These throngs of harvest-people were superintended by 
a person who was called the head-reaper {supermessor or prceposittcs), 
who was annually elected, and presented to the lord, by the inhabi- 
tants ; and it should seem that, in this village at least, he was 
always one of the customary tenants. The year he was in office, he 
was exempt from all or half of his usual rents and services, according 
to his tenure ; he was to have his victuals and drink at the lord's 
table, if the lord kept house {si dominus hospitium tenuerit) ; if he 
did not, he was to have a livery of corn, as other domestics had ; 
and his horse was to be kept in the manor-stable. He was next 
in dignity to the steward and bailiff". The hay-harvest was an affair 
of no great importance. There were but 30 acres of grass annually 



294 Notes and Illustrations. 

mown at this period. This was done or paid for by the customary 
tenants. The price of mowing an acre was bd." 

By an " Assessment of the Corporation of Canterbury," made in 
1594, the following were the rates of wages declared payable: — 
" Every labourer from Easter to Michaelmas, with meat and drink, 
4^. per day ; finding himself, \od. ; and from Michaelmas to Easter, 
with meat and drink, 4</. ; without, 8</. Mowers per day, with meat 
and drink, %d. ; finding themselves, 14^/. By the acre, with meat and 
drink, 4^. ; without, 8^/. Reapers per day, with meat and drink, bd. ; 
finding themselves, iid. ; by the acre, with meat and drink, \\d. ; 
without, 28^. Plashing and teeming of a quick hedge, 2d. per rod. 
Laying upon the band and binding and copping of oats, Sa'., barley, 
lod. Threshers by the quarter with meat and drink, for the quarter 
and making clean of wheat and rye, 5^., oats and barley, 30'.; without 
meat and drink, for the quarter and making clean of wheat and 
rye, izd., oats and barley, bd. IMaking talewood, the load, 4^.; 
billets, per 1000, izd. A bailiff, with livery, £t, per annum; 
without livery, £-^ 6s. 8d." — Hasted's Antiquities of Canterbury, 
1801, vol. ii. Appendix. 

"Larges," "usually a shilling" (says Major Moor in his Suffolk 
Glossary). "For this the reapers will ask you if you ' chuse to 
have it hallered.' If answered, yes, they assemble in a ring, holding 
each other's hands, and inclining their heads to the centre. One 
of them, detached a few yards apart, calls loudly, thrice, ' Holla 
Lar ! — Holla Lar ! — Holla Lar ! — j e e s.' Those in the ring lengthen 
out 0-0-0-0 with a low sonorous note and inclined heads, and then 
throwing the head up, vociferate ' a-a-a-ah.' This thrice repeated 
for a shilling is the established exchange in Suffolk." " Largesse 
bounty, handfuls of money cast among the people." — Cotgrave. 
"Cryealarges when a rewarde is geven to workemen, s/ipe?n vo- 
ciferare." — Huloet's Diet. 1552. The phrase "criea largesse" occurs 
in Piers Plowman, B Text, xiii. 449. As to the gloves given to 
harvest-men see above and note to 51. 10. 

57. 16. Though barley is generally mown, it is a slovenly practice, 
unless when performed with a cradle scythe. — M. See note to 
16. 14. 

57. 17. " Dallops," patches of barley which have nmto straw. — INI. 

67. 22. Tidie means neat, proper, and in season. — M. 

57. 24. "There finding a smack," I.e. finding a pleasant repast. 

" Doo perish," i.e. cause to perish, ruin : the use of " do " in this 
sense is very common in Early English. 

57. 25. "Lengthen" here is equivalent to increase the extent or 
produce of. 

57. 26. " Fill out the black boule," etc. I am quite unable to 
explain this line ; the "boule of bleith " is evidently the " merr}' 
bowl," but the epithet black I do not understand. 

57. 30. " Thrifts ladder may clime," i.e. may prosper. Cf. ch. 9. 



Notes mid Illustrations. 295 

" That many doo hate," in edd. of 1573, 1580, 1585, etc., the 
reading is "'as many do hate." 

57. 36. " Ling perhaps looks for great extolling, being counted 
the beefe of the sea, and standing every fish-day (as a cold sup- 
porter) at my Lord Maior's table : yet it is nothing but a long cod : 
whereof the greater sised is called Organe Ling, and the other 
Codling, because it is no longer then a Cod, and yet hath the taste 
of Ling : whilst it is new it is called green-fish : when it is salted it 
is called Ling, perhaps of lying, because the longer it lyeth .... 
the better it is, waxing in the end as yellow as a gold noble, at 
which time they are worth a noble a piece." — Mufiett, pp. 154-5, 
quoted in the Babees Book, ed. Furnivall. 

57. 39. The following prices of various articles in Suffolk will 
be interesting: — 1566. A lode of straw wws. — 1582. A capon vi«/.; a 
calfe vj. ; a firkin of butter viu. w\d. ; a capon and a pullet y\d. ; a 
cocke (to fight) \\\id. (5 cockes bought to fight) ; a pullett \\\d. 
5 pullets, 5 capons, 5 cockes, i calfe, were provided on the reck- 
ninge day and "these are allowed in the Churchwardens' accompte 
to be paide by them." — 1 590. To Coke for iiii combes of w otes whh 
he served to the Quene \\s. \i\\d.\ 14 rod of ditching cost vs. wwd. 
— 1596. Makinge a surplis for the church was 11^. ; a payer of 
hoose was xiio'. another xiiia'. ; makyng this boke of accts (a single 
sheet written on two sides) v\d. — 1599. Three days work ditchynge 
^s. ; a hard day's work was therefore %d. per day, and a usual day's 
i^d. or bd. ; three days thatchinge (Thos. Garrarde) \is. wwd. ; wode 
was lis. the lode. — 1587 or 8. A capon \\d.\ a calfe \s.\ a firkin 
of butter \\\s. M\\\d. ; two capons and one pullett vir/. ; a cocke 
\\\\d. ; one cocke and one pullett vi^. ; one pullett \\\d. — 1583 No. 
5. One short spurred cocke \\d.\ one chycken \\d. ; one bene \\d. — 
1583 No. 4. Fower combes and too bushell of ottes at \ns. \vd. the 
combe ; thre henes att thre pence a pece ; bowes and arrowes wwd. ; 
ten milch kine 30J. each ; seven bullocks 7^. each ; six calves 5^. 
each ; six horses together £1 ; one acre of wheat, xxj. ; one acre of 
Bullimong land 33^. ^d. ; a new carte /"i i ; a porkling 2%d. 

Increased facilities of communication, and the numerous means 
that farmers now possess, through the press, of obtaining infor- 
mation as to prices of produce, etc., render riding about almost 
unnecessary. 

57. 41. Tusser again sets out the advantages of ready money 
transactions, and of keeping touch, that is, punctuality and faithful 
regard to engagements. He buys at first hand who pays ready 
money from his own pocket ; at second hand who pays ready 
money, but who, in order to enable him to do so, has to borrow a 
portion of the amount, because he has not so much money as he 
requires with him ; at third hand who buys on credit. 

57. 47. " Stourbridge or Sturbich, the name of a common field 
extending between Chesterton and Cambridge, near the little 



296 Notes ajid Illustrations. 

brook Sture, for about half a mile square, is noted for its fair which 
is kept annually on September 19th, and continues a fortnight. It 
is surpassed by few fairs in Great Britain, or even in Europe, for 
traffic, though of late it is much lessened. The booths are placed 
in rows like streets, by the name[s] of which they are called, as 
Cheapside, etc., and are filled with all sorts of trades. The Dud- 
dery, an area of 80 or 100 yards square, resembles Blackwell Hall. 
Large commissions are negotiated here for all parts of England in 
cheese, woolen goods, wool, leather, hops, upholsterers' and iron- 
mongers' ware, etc., etc. Sometimes 50 hackney coaches from 
London, ply morning and night, to and from Cambridge, as well 
as all the towns around, and the very barns and stables are turned 
into inns for the accommodation of the poorer people. After the 
wholesale business is over, the country gentry generally flock in, 
laying out their money in stage-plays, taverns, music-houses, toys, 
puppet-shows, etc., and the whole concludes with a day for the sale 
of horses. This fair is under the jurisdiction of the University of 
Cambridge." — Walker's Gazetteer, ed. 1801. See also index to 
Brand's Antiquities. 

Camden says it was anciently called Steresbrigg, from the little 
river Stere or Sture that runs by it (in his Britannia, under Cam- 
bridgeshire). There have been many guesses at the name and 
origin of this fair, e.g. that of Fuller in his History of the Uni- 
versity, p. 66, concerning the clothier of Kendal. The truth of the 
matter is this : King John granted Sturbridge fair for the benefit of 
the hospital of lepers which stood there [v. decretum Hubert. Arch. 
Cantuar. in Concil. Lofidinen. An. 1200. Regn. jfohann.\ Spelman, 
ii. 127): in the certificatorium we are told that the keeper of 
the hospital holds twenty-four and a half acres of land in the county 
of Cambridgeshire to maintain these lepers. The Vice Chancellor 
has the same power in this fair that he has in the town of Cam- 
bridge. The University is always to have ground assigned for a 
booth by the mayor. ^lidsummer Fair was granted to the Prior 
and Convent of Barnwell, for much the same reason that Sturbridge 
was to the Lepers, — ad eoriivi siisteniationem. In the reign of 
Henry the Sixth the Nuns of St. Radegund had the grant of Garlick 
Fair for the same reason. 

"Sturbridge Fair was formerly proclaimed by both the Corpora- 
tion and the University authorities. Originally lasting six weeks, in 
1785 it lasted only three weeks, and now it lasts but one week. A 
very amusing account of its proclamation by the Vice Chancellor 
will be found in Gunning's 'Reminiscences of Cambridge.'" — S. N. 
in Notes and Queries, Aug. 25, 1877. 

"When th' fair is done, I to the Colledg come, 
Or else I drinke with them at Trompington, 
Craving their more acquaintance with my heart. 
Till our next Sturbridg Fair; and so wee part," — 

Brathwaite's Honest Ghost, 1658, p. 189. 



Notes and Illustt'ations. 297 

57. 51. " When it [the malt] hath gone, or beene turned, so long 
[21 days] vpon the floore, they carrie it to a kill, couered with 
haire cloth, where they giue it gentle heats (after they haue spread 
it there verie thin abroad) till it be drie, and in the meane while they 
turne it often, that it may be vniformelie dried." — Harrison, Descrip- 
tion of England, ed. F. J. Furnivall, Part I. p. 156. 

57. 55. Cf. September's Husbandry, Stanza i. 

58. I . One part in ten is far below the present' average value 
of land. If the whole produce will c\^2iX four rents, the industrious 
farmer would have no reason to complain, though he is now subject 
to heavy taxes, which, it is to be remarked are not included in the 
list of outgoings. — M. 

58. 12. " Well fare the plough." On a flyleaf of a MS. of Piers 
Plowman (MS. R. 3, 14, in Trinity Coll. Camb.) is written, 

" God spede the plouj 
& sende vs korne I-now." 
See print in beginning of Wright's ed. of Piers Plowman. 

59. The advice given in this short piece, the most difficult, 
perhaps, that Tusser had written, is very good, but he has strained 
alliteration to an extravagant pitch. 

60. I. In the reign of Elizabeth an Act was passed, requiring 
a seven years' apprenticeship to enable a person to set up in 
business or trade ; and hence the idea arose of dividing human 
life into periods of seven years. — M. The idea is much older ; for, 
in Arnold's Chronicle (edition 181 1), page 157, we find: — "The 
vij Ages of Ma lining I the World. The furst age is infance and 
lastith from y^ byrth vnto vij yere of age. The ij is childhod and 
endurith vnto xv yere age. The iij age is adholocencye and 
endurith vnto xxv yere age. The iiij age is youth and endurith 
vnto XXXV yere age. The v age is manhod and endurith vnto 
1 yere age. The vj age is [elde] and lasteth vnto Ixx yere age. The 
vij age of ma is crepill and endurith vnto dethe." 

See Prompt. Parv. p. 7, for another version of the above, the 
limits assigned to the several stages being different, and the 
seventh stage beginning at the resurrection. 

61. 2. " Foxe, Ape with his toieng," etc. Dr. ]\Iavor's edition 
reads, " For Ape with his toieng," etc. 

62. " The tone from the tother;" the tone = that one, the tother= 
that other ; where the / is the sign of the neuter gender, as 'in tha-/, 
i-/; compare the Latin d in \-d, quo-a', \Ww-d. — In ch. no, p. 201, 
we have the curious forms ''than''' and '' thother.'" 

62. 6. "To him and to hur," that is, to every one, or to any one. 
Cf. 94, 3, and 

" The white lambe j^at hurte was with the spere 
Flemere of feendes out of hym and here.'"' 

Chaucer, Man of Law's Tale, 1. 460, Six-Text ed. 
62. 8. "Daieth" = dayeth, that is, appoints a day on which he 
promises to pay. 



298 Notes and Illustrations. 

Gervase Markham, in the First Part of the English Husbandman, 
ch. 6, remarks: — "You may by these usuall observations, and the 
helpe of a better judgement, imploy the fruits of your labours to 
the best profit, and sell everything at the highest price, except you 
take upon you to givt day and sell upon trust, which if you doe, you 
may then sell at what unconscionable reckoning you will." Cf. 
*' When drapers draw no gaines by giving day." — 

Gascoigne, The Steel Glass, 1094. 

62. 10. "By that and by this;" that is, by anything, or by 
chance. Compare stanza 6, and chap. 67, stanza 5, p. 153. 

62. 17. "A tode with an R" is an elegant euphemism for iorde ; 
the meaning being that a bad husbandman is more likely to receive 
insults and refusals, than compliance with his requests. Compare 
Wyclifte's translation of Luke xiii. 8, as given at p. 365 of Dr. 
Bosworth's edit, of the Gothic and Anglo-Saxon Gospels, with the 
Versions of Wycliffe and Tyndale, London, 1865. 

63. 6. " Experience should seeme to proue playnely, that Inclo- 
sures should be profitable and not hurtfuU to the common weale ; 
for we see the countryes where most Inclosiers be, are most 
wealthy, as Essex, Kent, Norihampionshyre, etc. And I have hearde 
a Ciuilian once say, that it was taken for a Maxime in his lawe 
(this saying), * that which is possessed of many in common, is 
neglected of all ; ' and experience sheweth that Tenaunts in common 
be not so good husbandes, as when euery man hath his parte in 
seueralty ; also, I have heard say, that in the most countreyes 
beyonde the Sea, they knowe not what a common grounde meaneth." 
— Staftbrd's Examination of Complaints, New Shakspere Soc, ed. 
Furnivall, p. 40. 

63. 9. Fitzherbert shows how a township that is worth twenty 
marks a-year may be made worth £zo, and the ground-work of his 
plan is to enclose the land. "By enclosing," he says, " a farmer 
shall save meat, drink, and wages of a shepherd ; the wages of the 
swineherd, the which may fortune to be as chargeable as his whole 
rent ; and also his corn shall be better saved from eating or de- 
stroying by cattle." 

63. 12. Harman, 1567 (E. E. Text Soc, ed. Furnivall, p. 82), 
speaks of " lewtering lusks and lazy lorrels" and in Pierce Plow- 
man's Crede we find in line 750, " lordes sones lowly to \o losells 
aloute," and in 1. 755, "and leue)? swiche/(9r^A for her lowe wordes." 
— See Note in Prompt. Parv. s.v. Lorel. Levins (Manip. Vocab. 
1570) translates lorel hy nebulo, scurra. 

Courts for presenting nuisances are generally the greatest 
nuisances themselves. Under the semblance of justice, they often 
retard its execution. The members, or jury who compose them, 
do not want the power, but they want the independence to act 
right.— M. 

63. 14. " In Bridewell a number be stript," etc. Although all 



Notes and Ilhisirations. 299 

the editions I have been able to examine read " lesse worthie than 
theefe to be whipt," I suspect the correct reading to be " lesse 
worthie than iheese to be whipt." The mistake might easily occur 
through the similarity of the old s and /. The meaning, as the 
lines read at present, is not very clear, but if we adopt the suggested 
reading, the sense becomes at once apparent : — " In Bridewell 
many are stripped for flogging who do not deserve it so much as 
these." 

63. 16. " Take them " = arrest them. 

63. 18. "Mo," lit. = more; but also used in the sense of others. 
" This use of mo is not common, but there are a few examples of 
it. Thus in Specimens of English, ed. Morris and Skeat, we have at 

P- 47. 1- 5i> 

" Y sike for vnsete 
Ant mourne ase men doj? mo" 
i.e. ' I sigh for unrest, and mourn as of/ier men do.' And on the 
next page (48, 1. 22) we have 

' Mody mene]? so do)' t/10, 
Ichot ycham on of J^o,' 
I.e. * The moody moan as others do ; I wot I am one of them.' 
Somewhat similar is the expression o]>er mo, where we should now 
say o/hers as well. Piers Plowman, C. Text, Passus v. 10." — Rev. 
W. Skeat, in note to 1. 1039 of Chaucer, Gierke's Tale, Clarendon 
Press Series. Mo is also used in the same sense in 67, 11, p. 154. 

" Verlets," originally a servant to a knight, below page or 
squire, though often used in French Romance as equivalent to 
a squire. " Pages, varlets, ou damoiseaux : noms quelquefois com- 
muns aux ecuyers."' — Cotgrave. Ducange (Gloss. M. et I. Lat.) has : 
'■'■Valeti valecH appellati vulgo magnatum filii, qui necdum militare 
cingulum consecuti erant : vassallorum filii vassaUti dicti." Levins 
(Manip. Vocab.) says : " Varlett, venia." See Wedgwood, Diet. 
Eng. Etymology, s.v. Valet. 

63. 19. " Ruleth the roste ;" to rule the roast is to preside at the 
board, to assign what share one pleases to the guests ; hence it 
came to mean to domineer, in which sense it is commonly used in 
our old authors. See Nares, s.v. 

64. I. With this description of an envious neighbour compare 
Langland's picture of Invidia (Envy) in Piers Plowman, B. Text, 
E. E. Text Soc, ed. Skeat, Passus v. 1. 76. 

64. 3. " His hatred procureth," etc., his hatred takes pains to 
bring bad to worse, his friendship is like that of Judas who, etc., 
i.e. is selfish. 

64. 9. " His lips out of frame," i.e. are out of order, are not kept 
in order. Cf. the expression " loose in the haft." 

64. 12. " Spials ; " so Spenser, Faery Queene, i. 4 : 
" And privie spials plast in all his way." 
Levins (Manip. Vocab.) has " Spyall, arbiter." 



300 Notes and Illustrations. 

64. 17. "Would'st thou not be glad to have the niggardly 
rascally sheepbiter come by some notable shame." — Shakspere, 
Twelfth Night, Act ii. sc. 5. 

"Who is in this closet.^ let me see {breaks it operi). Oh, sheep- 
liter, are you here .? " — Shadvvell, Bury Fair, 1689. 

64. 18, " Coxcombe : " see Cotgrave, s.v. Effevmte, Eti/ourner, 
Fol, Latnbiii. 

64. 20. Davus is the common name in Terence for the cunning, 
plotting servant. 

64. 21. Thersites, the ugliest and most scurrilous of the Greeks 
before Troy. He spared in his revilings neither prince nor chief, 
but directed his abuse especially against Achilles and Ulysses. The 
name is often used to denote a calumniator. Cf. 

"When rank Thersites opes his mastiff jaws, 
We shall hear music, wit, and oracle." 

Shakspere, Troilus and Cressida, Act i. sc. 3. 

64. 22. " Shall swell like a tode." Cf. 65, 6. 

64* ." To hold a candle to the devil is to assist in a bad cause or 
an evil matter." — Ray. Hazlitt (English Proverbs, p. 407) gives 
" 'Tis good sometimes to hold a candle to the devil." Thus we 
find an anonymous correspondent writing to John Paston : " for 
howr Lords love, goo tharow with Wyll Weseter, and also plese 
Chrewys as ye thynke in yow hert best for to do ; for it is a comon 
proverbe, ' A man must sumtyme set a candel be/or the Dcvyle ; ' and 
therfor thow it be not alder most mede and profytabyl, yet of ij 
harmys the leste is to be take." — Paston Letters, ed. Gairdner, ii. 73. 

64-'\ 7. At Canterbury is a representation of Master Shorne hold- 
ing up his hand in a threatening attitude at the Devil, who is in a 
boot. 

64*. 8. " False birds can fetch the wind ; " an expression taken 
from hawking. To fetch the wind, to take the wind (Bacon), and to 
have the wind are various forms of the same expression, the meaning 
of which is to gain or take an advantage. We still use the expres- 
sion " to get to windward of another," meaning to get the better or 
advantage of him. Mavor reads, " false words can fetch the wind," 
i.e. slander will spread as though borne on the wind. I do not, 
however, know on what authority he has adopted this reading, as 
the text of 1577 gives " birds." 

65. The following poem on Evil Tongues is from a MS. of 
the 15th century, edited for the Percy Soc. by the late Mr. T. 
Wright, 1847 : "A man that con his tong stere. 

He ther not rek wer that he go." 



" Ittes knowyn in every schyre, 
Wekyd tongges have no pere ; 
I wold thei wer brent in the fer, 

That warke men soo mykyll wo. 



Notes and Illustrations. 301 

Ittes knowyn in every lond, 
Wekyd tongges don gret wrong, 
Thai make me to lyyn long, 

And also in myche car. 

^yf a man go in clothes gay, 
Or elles in gud aray, 
Wekyd tongges yet wyl say, 

Wer cam the by therto ? 

^yf a man go in cloys ill. 

And have not the world at wyl, 

Wekyd tongges thei wyll hym spyll. 

And seyd he ys a stake, lat hym goo. 

Now us to amend God yeve us grace, 
Of repentens and of gud grace. 
That we mut se hys glorius face. 

Amen, Amen, for charyte." 

65. I. There is a smoothness in the versification of this sonnet, 
and a succession of imagery, though drawn from common 
sources, which we do not often find in Tusser. He has made a 
good use of the figure erotesis. — M. Compare Milton, Lycidas, 45 : 

"As killing as the canker to the rose. 
Or taint-wurni to the weanling herds that graze." 

66. I. Janus, an old Italian deity, the god of the sun and the 
year, to whom the month of January was dedicated. 

66. 5. Ver=Spring, yEstas^Summer, Hyems=: Winter. 
66. 7. "Delaide ;" so in Spenser, Faery Queene, ix. 30. " But to 
delay the heat," and in Prothalamium 3 : 

" Zephyrus did softly play 
A gentle spirit, that lightly did delay 
Hot Titan's beames." 

66. 9. Alluding to the thirteen revolutions of the moon in the 
year. 

67. It appears from the Books of the Stationers' Company, on 
the authority of Warton (Hist, of Eng. Poetry, vol. iii. p. 428) that 
a licence was granted to T. Hackett, in the year 1562, to print 
" A Dialogue of Wyvynge and Thryvynge of Tusshers with ij lessons 
for olde and yonge." 

67. 2. "Bolted out," a term taken from the language and usage of 
millers, who use the word " to bolt " of the separation of the bran 
from the flour. Cf. Chaucer, Nonnes Prior's Tale, 415 : 

" But yit I can not hull it to the bren.^'' 
And Spenser, Faery Queene, iv. 24 : 

" He now had boulted all the floure." 
" Time and nature will bolt out the truth of things." — D'Estrange. 
" To boulte out the truth in reasoning, limare veritatem in disceptatione." 
— Baret's Alvearie. A " Bolting Cloth " is the name in Lincolnshire 



302 Notes mid Illustrations. 

for a cloth used for sifting meal in mills. See Peacock's Glossary, 
s.v. There was a term " boultings " or " boltings," used of private 
arguings of cases in some of the Inns of Court. " Boulter, a 
sifter." — Coles' Diet. 1676. 

67. 3. " Could the way to thriue." Coidd is here used in its old 
sense of k7iew, or imderstood. A.S. aatnan, to know ; ic can, I 
know ; ic ctr6e, I knew. 

"To stay himselfe in some good plot," etc. ; compare 10. 8. 
67. 5. " Of this and that ; " cf. 62. 10. 

67. 6. "The blacke oxe neare trod on thy fut:" a proverbial 
expression, meaning, you have experienced misfortune close at 
home. 

In Peacock's Glossary of Manley, etc. (E. D. Soc. 1877), we 
have: "The Black Bull's trodden on him;" that is, he is in a 
very bad temper. And the following passage from Bernard's 
Terence is quoted : "Prosperitie hangs on his sleeue; the black oxe 
cannot tread on his foot." 

"Venus waxeth old; and then she was a pretie wench, when 
Juno was a young wife ; now crowes foote is on her eye, and the 
black oxe hath trod on her foot." — Lyly's Sapho and Phao, 1584, 
ed. 1858, i. 199. 

INIr. George Vere Irving (Notes and Queries, 3rd Ser. xii. 488) 
remarks that this expression is at this day frequently used in 
Scotland in reference to a person who has experienced misfortune. 
See Hazlitt's Eng. Proverbs, p. 359. 

67. 8. "It is too much we dailie heare," etc. This proverbial 
expression occurs in the Townley Mysteries, p. 86, as — 
"A man may not wive. 
And also thrive, 

And all in one year." 
67. II. " As mo have bin ;" compare note on 63. 18. 
67. 18. "The good wiues husband weares no breech.!' So in a song 
in the MS. of the 15th cent, quoted above, the heading of which is 
" JVova, Nova, sawe yow ever such. 
The moste mayster of the hows weryth no brych." 
The burden of the song being 

" Lest the most mayster wer no brych." 
67. 20. The same reply is attributed to Thales. See his life in 
Diogenes Laertius, Bk. i. 26. 

67. 22. " Yyng men, I red that ye be war. 

That ye cum not in the snar ; 
For he is browt in meche car, 

That have a shrow onto his wyfe. 

In a panter I am caute. 
My fot his pennyd, I may not owt ; 
In sorow and car he his put, 
That have, etc. 



Notes and Illustrations. 303 

With a qwene yif that thou run, 
Anon it is told into the town ; 
Sorow he hath both up and down, 
That have, etc. 
Song in MS. of 15th century quoted above. 
" Feareth me," that is, it frightens me, I fear, as in " me liketh " 
= it pleases me, I like. 

67. 23. "As good a shrevv^ is as a sheepe," etc. This proverb 
appears in EpistoJce Hoelianoe, ed. 1754, p. 177, in a letter dated 5th 
February, 1625-6, as "It is better to marry a shrew than a sheep." 
In Taylor's Pastorall, 1624, we have "A shrew is better than a 
sheep." 

68. William, the first Lord Paget, and the patron of Tusser, 
married Anne, daughter of Mr. Prestin, of the County of Lancaster ; 
and to her it is most probable the Book of Huswifery was dedicated, 
and not to Margaret, the daughter of Sir H. Newton, and lady of 
Thomas, Lord Paget. 

68. 8. " By their fruits ye shall know them, do men gather grapes 
of thorns or figs of thistles ? " 

69. I. The rime in the last two lines is most remarkable; 
apparently thriue is pronounced threev, as Mr. Ellis contends. 

69. 6. From the last two lines of this stanza it would appear that 
Tusser was a widower at the time when he wrote this Address to 
the Reader, or at least when he first wrote on the subject of Hus- 
wifery. 

72. "A description of Huswife," etc. This antithetical description 
seems to have been introduced, in order that it might correspond 
with the description of Husbandry, chapter 8, p. 16. — M. 

73. I. According to Fitzherbert, the farmers' wives must have been 
patterns of diligence and industry, and a variety of duties devolved 
upon them which have since ceased to be required, or have fallen 
with more propriety upon the other sex. They had to measure out 
the quantity of corn to be ground, and see that it was sent to the 
miller. The poultry, swine, and cows were under their charge ; 
and they superintended the brewing and baking. The garden was 
peculiarly the care of the farmer's wife. She had to depend upon 
it for various herbs which are no longer in use, but which could not 
be dispensed with when spices were rare and costly. Besides pot- 
herbs, strewing-herbs were required for the chambers, and herbs 
possessing medical virtues. The list of fruits at this date was con- 
fined to a few of indigenous growth, which were but little improved 
by skill and management. Tusser directs his housewife to trans- 
plant into her garden wild strawberries from the woods. All the 
writers on rural economy during this period recommend the farmer's 
wife carefully to attend to her crop of flax and hemp. When, how- 
ever, Fitzherbert asserts that it is a wife's duty " to winnow all 
manner of corn, to make malt, to wash, and to make hay, shear 



304 Notes and Ilhistratiojis. 

corn, and, in time of need, help her husband to fill the muck -wain 
or dung-cart, drive the plough, to load hay, corn, and such other, 
to go to market and sell butter or pigs, fowls or corn," it is to be 
presumed that he had in his view the smallest class of yeomen, who 
had no hired servants. 

73. 5. " Reason their cace," that is, gossip and argue over their 
circumstances. 

73. 8. " Home is home, be it never so ill." Ballad licensed in 
1569-70. Clarke (Paraem. 1639, p. loi) has with us, "home is 
home, be it never so homely." On the other hand, Heywood, in 
his Epigrams, 1562, says : 

" Home is homely, yea, and to homely sometyme. 
Where wives' footestooles to their husbandes' heads clime." 

73. 13. " Familie "=:household. Compare chap. 9, st. 12. 

74. 5. " iMaides, three a clock," etc. Compare Romeo and 
Juliet, Act iv. sc. 4, 3 — 

" The second cock hath crow'd, 
The curfew bell hath rung, 'tis three o'clock." 
"Lay your bucks," i.e. get ready the washing tubs. Compare: 
"Throw foul linen upon him as if it were going to bucking." — 
Shakspere, IMerry Wives of Wind., Act iii. sc. 3. Buck-basket, 
the basket in which linen is carried to the wash. " Bouck-fatt, a 
washing tub." — Upton Inventories, p. 28. Cf. "And for I can so 
wele wasche and so wele bozvke, Godde has made me his chaum- 
berere." — The Pilgrimage of the Life of the Manhode, f. z\b., MS. 
in Libr. of St. John's Coll. Camb. " ' I bucke lynen clothes to 
scoure of their fylthe and make them whyte, le bue. Bucke these 
shyrtes, for they be to foule to be wasshed by hande, buez ces 
chemises, car elles sotit trap sallies de les lauer a sauon.'' — Palsgrave. 
* Bu6e, lie wherwith clothes are scowred ; also a buck of clothes ; 
Buer, to wash a buck, to scowre with lie ; Buandiere f., a laun- 
dresse, or buck-washer.' — Cotgrave. To buck is to cleanse clothes 
by steeping them in lye : see Buck in Webster, Nares, Wedgwood, 
etc." — Rev. W. W. Skeat, note to P. Plowman, B. Text, xiv. 19. 

76. I. The hours of meals varied at different dates. In the 
Myrour of Our Lady, ed. Blunt, p. 15, we read : "At houre of tyerse 
[9 A.M.] labourers desyre to haue theyr dyner." 

In Chambers's Book of Days, i. 96, we read that Gervase IMark- 
ham, in 1653, makes the ploughman have three meals, viz. break- 
fast at 6 A.M., dinner at half-past 3 p.m., and supper at 6 p.m. See 
also note to 85. i. 

77. 8. In the Librar}- of Caius Coll. Camb. is a volume of Tracts, 
No. 286, one of which, published in 1555, An Account of the 
Cruelties of the King of Spain, has as its motto : " Beware of Had 
I wiste." This is also the title of a poem in the Paradyce of 
Daynty Deuyses, 1578. It is quoted by Sir Simon D'Ewes (Diar}^ 
etc., ii. 366) : 



Notes mid Illustrations. 305 

"Telle neuere the more thoug thou myche heere, 
And euere be waare of had-y-wist.''' 

Babees Book, ed. Fnrnivall, p. 264, 1. 72. 

77. 20. See note on ch. 10. 46. 

78. 4. "Beware that ye geue no persone palled drynke, for feere 

Hit mygtt brynge many a man in disese durynge many a yere." 
— John Russell's Boke of Norture, in Babees Book, p. 13. 

" Sowre ale, and dead ale, and ale the whiche doth stande a tylte 
is good for no man." — Andrew Boorde, Regimen of Health. 

" Of ale and beer, as well as of wine, we find various kinds men- 
tioned. There were single beer, or small ale, which could do little 
more than quench thirst, — and double beer, which was recommended 
as containing a double quantity of malt and hops, — and double- 
double beer, which was twice as strong as that, — and dagger-ale, 
which, as the name implies, was reckoned particularly sharp and 
dangerous, — and bracket, a kind of ale which we are unable dis- 
tinctly to describe. But the favourite drink, as well as the chief 
article of vulgar debauch, was a kind of ale commonly called huff- 
cap, but which was also termed ' mad dog,' ' angel's food,' 
' dragon's milk,' and other such ridiculous names, by the fre- 
quenters of ale-houses : ' and never,' says Harrison, ' did Romulus 
and Remus suck their she-wolf with such eager and sharp devotion 
as these men hale at huflx:ap, till they be as red as cocks, and little 
wiser than their combs.' The higher classes, who were able to 
afford such a luxury, brewed a generous liquor for their own con- 
sumption, which they did not bring to the table till it was two 
years old. This was called INIarch ale, from the month in which it 
was brewed. But the servants had to content themselves with a 
more simple beverage that was seldom more than a month old. A 
cup of choice ale was often as richly compounded with dainties as 
the finest wines. Sometimes it was warmed, and qualified with 
sugar anei spices ; sometimes with a toast ; often with a roasted 
crab or apple, making the beverage still known under the name of 
Lambs'-wool ; while to stir the whole composition with a sprig 
of rosemary, was supposed to give it an additional flavour. The 
drinks made from fruit were chiefly cider, perry, and mum. Those 
that had formerly been made from honey seem to have fallen into 
disuse in consequence of the general taste for stronger potations ; 
metheglin being now chiefly confined to the Welsh. A simple 
liquor, however, was still used in Essex, called by Harrison, some- 
what contemptuously, ' a swish-swash,' made of water with a little 
honey and spice, but ' as diff"ering,' he says, ' from true metheglin 
as chalk doth from cheese.' He informs us, moreover, that already 
the tapsters of England had learned to adulterate their ale and 
beer with pernicious compounds." — Pict. Hist, of England, ii. 883. 

" In the parish of Hawsted, Suff"olk, the allowance of food to the 
labourer in harvest was, two herrings per day, milk from the manor 

20 



3o6 Notes and Illustrations. 

dairy to make cheese, and a loaf of bread, of which fifteen were 
made from a bushel of wheat. Messes of potage made their fre- 
quent appearance at the rustic board." — Knight, Pict. Hist, of 
England, i. 839. 

79. Harrison gives an account (pp. 153-4) of the following kinds 
of bread made in England : i. Mainchet, "commonlie called white 
bread, in Latine Primarius pants." 2. Cheat "or wheaton bread, so 
named bicause the colour therof resembleth the graie [or yellowish] 
wheat [being cleane and well dressed,] and out of this is the coursest 
of the bran (vsuallie called gurgeons or pollard) taken. The 
raueled is a kind of cheat bread also, but it reteineth more of the 
grosse, and lesse of the pure substance of the wheat." 3. Brow'n 
bread, of which there were two kinds, viz. {a) of whole meal 
unsifted, (b) pollard bread, with a little rye meal, and called Mis- 
celin or Meslin. " In champeigne countries much rie and barleie 
bread is eaten, but especiallie where wheat is scant and geson." 

81. 2. " Bales." Halliwell prints this word as baics in his 
Dictionary, defining it as "chidings, reproofs," and giving as his 
authority Hunter s Additions to Boucher. 

81. 3. " Droie." See Note in Prompt. Parv., s.v, Dryvylle and 
Deye. Probably a corruption of droile ; a scullion, kitchen-boy, or 
servant of all-work. — M. Droie also occurs in Stubbes' Anatomic 
of Abuses, 1583. 

84. 2. "In some places it [the malt] is dried at leisure with 
wood alone, or strawe alone, in other with wood and strawe to- 
gither ; but of all, the strawe dried is the most excellent. For the 
wood dried malt when it is brued, beside that the drinke is higher 
of colour, it dooth hurt and annoie the head of him that is not 
vsed thereto, bicause of the smoake. Such also as vse both in- 
dififerentlie, doo barke, cleaue and drie their wood in an ouen, 
thereby to remooue all moisture that shuld procure the fume, and 
this malt is in the second place, and with the same likewise, that 
which is made with dried firze, broome, etc. ; whereas, if they also 
be occupied greene, they are in maner so preiudiciall to the corne, 
as is the moist w^ood." — Harrison, Description of England, ed. 
F. J. Furnivall, Part I. p. 157. 

84. 6. See Note on ch. 19. 39. 

85. I. " The husbandmen dine at high noone as they call it, and 
sup at seuen or eight." — Harrison, Part I. p. 166. 

85. 5. Though all the standard editions read "chaps walking," 
may it not be a misprint for " chaps wagging," that is, mouths 
craving 1 — M. 

85. 16. "Enough is a plentie." Cf. " Mesure is medcyne J'ouj 
J70W moche jerne." — Piers Plowman, Passus i. 35. "But mesure is 
a meri mene, j^ou^ men moche jerne." — Richard the Redeles, E.E. 
Text Soc, eel. Skeat, ii. 139. "Measure is treasure." — Dyce's 
Skelton, ii. 238, 241. "Enough is as good as a feast." — Gas- 
coigne's Posies, 1575. 



Notes and Illustrations. 307 

86. 3. "Chippings." The " Chippings of Trencher-brede " in 
Lord Percy's household were used " for the fedynge of my lords 
houndis." — Percy Household Book, p. 353. " Other ij pages . . . 
them oweth to chippe bredde, but too nye the crumme." — House- 
hold Ordin. pp. 71-2. In the Regimen Sanitatis Salerni, ed. 1634, 
p. 71, we are warned against eating crusts, because " they ingender 
a dust cholor, or melancholly humours, by reason that they bee 
burned and dry." 

86. 10. "Call quarterly seruants to court and to leete," that is, 
call to account. 

88. 7. "Lurching," cf. footnote to 23. 3, p. 61. 

89. 2. " Bandog," cf. note on ch. 10. 19. 

89. 12. "Guise." 

" For he was laid in white Sheep's wool 

New pulled from tanned Fells ; 
And o'er his Head hang'd Spiders webs 

As if chey had been Bells. 
Is this the Country Guise, thought he .^ 
Then here I will not stay." 

Ballad, K. Alfred and the Shepherd. 
" 'Tis thy Country Guise, I see. 
To be thus bluntish still." — Ibid. 
" The Norman guise was to walke and jet up and downe the streets." 
— Lambert's Peramb. of Kent, 1826, p. 320. 

90. 2. The Skreene was a wooden settee or settle, with a high 
back sufficient to screen the sitters from the outward air, and was 
in the time of our ancestors an invariable article of furniture near 
all kitchen fires, and is still seen in the kitchens of many of our old 
farm-houses in Cheshire. The meaning of the two lines : 

" If ploughman get hatchet or whip to the skreene, 
maides loseth their cock if no water be scene," 
is, " if the ploughman can get his whip, ploughstaff, hatchet, or 
anything he wants in the field to the fireside {screen being here 
equivalent to fireside^ before the maid has got her kettle on, then 
she loses her Shrove-tide cock, which belongs wholly to the men." 
" Plough Monday." " The Monday next after Twelfth-day, when 
our Northern plow-men beg plow-money to drink ; and in some 
places if the plowman (after that day's work) come with his whip 
to the kitchin hatch, and cry ' cock in pot ' before the maid says 
' cock on the dung-hill,' he gains a cock on Shrove-Tuesday." — 
Coles' Diet. 1708. "Among the rural customs connected with the 
anniversary of Christmas were those of Plough-Monday, which fell 
on the first Monday after Twelfth-day. This was the holiday of 
the ploughmen, who used to go about from house to house begging 
for plough-money to drink. In the northern counties, where this 
practice was called the fool-plough (a corruption perhaps oi yule- 
plough), a number of sword-dancers dragged about a plough, while 



3o8 Notes and Illustrations. 

one of the party, called the Bessey, was dressed for the occasion 
like an old woman ; and another, who was the fool of the pageant, 
was almost covered with skins, and wore the tail of some animal 
dangling down his back. While the rest danced, one of these odd 
personages went among the spectators, rattling a box, and collect- 
ing small donations ; and it is said that whosoever refused to pay 
had the plough dragged to his door and the soil of his threshold 
ploughed up." — Pict. Hist, of England, ii. 894. 

90. 3. " Shroftide." The Hen is hung at a Fellow's back who has 
also some Horse Bells about him, the rest of the Fellows are blinded, 
and have Boughs in their Hands, with which they chase this Fellow 
and his Hen about some large Court or small Enclosure. The 
Fellow with his Hen and Bells shifting as well as he can, they follow 
the sound, and sometimes hit him and his Hen, other times, if he 
can get behind one of them, they thresh one another well favour'dly ; 
but the Jest is, the Maids are to blind the Fellows, which they do 
with their Aprons, and the cunning Baggages will endear their Sweet 
Hearts with a peeping hole, while the others look out as sharp to 
hinder it. After this the Hen is boil'd with Bacon, and store of 
Pancakes and Fritters are made. She that is noted for lying a Bed 
long or any other Miscarriage, hath the first Pancake presented to 
her, which most commonly falls to the Dog's share at last, for no 
one will own it their due. — T.R. 

" Let glad Shrove Tuesday bring the pancake thin 
Or fritters rich with apples stored within." 

Oxford Sausage. 

90. 5. "Wake Day." The Wake-day is the day on which the Parish 
Church was dedicated, called So, because the Night before it, they 
were used to watch till IMorning in the Church and feasted all the 
next day. Waking in the Church was left off because of some 
abuses, and we see here it was converted to wakeing at the 
Oven. — T.R, "Similar to the church-ales, though of a still more 
ancient origin, were the Wakes. It had been the custom, on 
the dedication of a church, or the birth-day of a saint, for the 
people to assemble on the night previous, to hold a religious vigil 
in the open air ; and, as they remained all night occupied in de- 
votional exercises, this practice was called a wake. Such a method 
of spending the night, however, soon gave place to very different 
employments ; and feasting, riot, and licentiousness became the 
prevailing characteristics of these vigils. These concourses, also, 
from every neighbouring town and parish, naturally suggested the 
expediency of improving such opportunities for the purposes of 
traffic ; and hence the wakes gradually became fairs, which in some 
places they still continue to be." — Pict. Hist, of England, ii. 897. 

" Flawnes ; " a kind of pancake was also so called. Nettle- 
ham feast at Easter is called^the Floiun, possibly from flauns having 
been formerly eaten at that period of the year : but see Babees 



Notes and Illustrations. 309 

Book, p. 173, where Flawnes are stated to be " Cheesecakes made of 
ground cheese beaten up with eggs and sugar, coloured with saffron, 
and baked in ' cofyns ' or crusts." 

" Bread an chese, butere and milk, 
Pastees znd flaunes ." — Havelok, ed. Skeat, 644. 

For jlaiines. 

" Take new chese and grynde hit fayre. 
In morter with egges, without dysware ; 
Put powder J'erto of sugur, I say, 
Coloure hit with safrone ful wele J70U may ; 
Put hit in cofyns ]>at ben fayre. 
And bake hit forthe, I j^e pray." 

Liber Cure Cocorum, ed. IMorris, p. 39. 
90. 6. A goose used formerly to be given at harvest-home, to 
those who had not overturned a load of corn in carrying during 
harvest. — M. 

90. 7. " Fyrmente is made of whete and mylke, in the whiche, 
yf flesshe be soden, to eate it is not co;;zmendable, for it is harde 
of dygestyon ; but whan it is dygested it doth nowrysshe, and it 
doth strength a man." — Andrew Boorde's Dyetary, E.E. Text Soc. 
ed. F. J. Furnivall, p. 263. The following recipe for making 
Furmenty is from the Liber Cure Cocorum, ed. Morris, p. 7 : 

Furmente. 

Take wete, and pyke ^ hit fayre (and clene) 
And do hit in a morter shene ; 
Bray hit a lytelle, with water hit spryng " 
Tyl hit hulle, with-oute lesyng. 
Jen wyndo ^ hit wele, nede \o\x mot ; 
Wasshe hit fayre, put hit in pot ; 
Boyle hit tylle hit brest, Jien 
Let hit doun, as I \& kenne. 
Take now mylke, and play hit up 
To hit be thykkerede to sup. 
Lye hit up with yolkes of eyren,* 
And kepe hit wele, lest hit berne.® 
Coloure hit with safron and salt hit wele, 
And servys hit forthe, Syr, at J^e mele ; 
With sugur candy j^ou may hit dowce, 
If hit be served in grete lordys howce. 
Take black sugur for mener menne ; 
Be ware ]jerwith, for hit wylle brenne.* 
The following recipes for the manufacture of Furmenty are given 
in Pegge's Forme of Cury, pp. 91 and 121 : i. For to make Fur- 

' pick. ^ sprinkle. ^ winnow. ■* eggs. * burn. 



310 Notes and Illustrations. 

menty, " Nym ' clene wete, and bray it in a morter wel that the 
holys* gon al of and seyt^ yt til it breste and nym yt up, and lat it 
kele* and nym fayre fresch broth and swete mylk of Almandys or 
swete mylk of kyne and temper yt al, and nym the yolkys of eyr}'n,* 
boyl it a lityl and set yt adoun and messe yt forthe wyth fast 
venyson and fresch moton." 2. For to make Formentyon a Fische- 
day, " Tak the mylk of the Hasel Notis, boyl the wete wyth the 
aftermelk til it be dryyd, and tak and colour yt wyth Saffroun, and 
the ferst mylk cast therto and boyle wel and serve yt forth." In 
]\Ir. Peacock's Glossary of Manley, etc., we have : " Frumerty, a 
preparation of creed-wheat ® with milk, currants, raisins and spices 
in it." 

91. I. To make Aqua Composita, chap. 223: "Take of Sage, 
Hysope, Rosemarie, Mynt, Spike or Lauender leaues, Marioram, 
Bay leaues, of each like much, of all foure good handfulles to one 
galon of liquour. Take also of Clones, ]\Iace, Nutmegs, Ginger, 
Cinnamon, Pepper, Graines, of each a quarter of an ounce. Liquo- 
rice and Annise, of each halfe a pound : beat the spices grosse,' 
and first wash the herbes, then breake them gently betweene your 
hands. Scrape off the barke from the Liquorice, and cut it into 
thin slices, and punne * the Annise grosse, then put altogether into 
a gallon or more of good Ale or Wine, and let them steepe all night 
close couered in some vessell of earth or wood, and the next 
morning after distill them with a Limbecke or Serpentine. But 
see that your fire be temperate, and that the head of your Limbecke 
be kept colde continually with fresh water, and that the bottom of 
your Limbecke bee fast luted with Rye dough, that so Ayre issue 
out. The best Ale to make Aqua Composita of is to be made of 
Wheate malte, and the next of cleane Barley malte ; and the best 
Wine for that purpose is Sacke," — Cogan's Haven of Health, ed. 
1612, pp. 222-3. 

92. 4. A Cochiey, the derivation of which word has been much 
disputed, appears to me clearly to come from the verb to cocker, to 
cock, by contraction, as in this passage, A cockney, therefore, is one 
who has been brought up eflfeminately, and spoilt by indulgence, 
whether a native of the city or of the country. — ]\L 

" The original meaning of cockney is a child too tenderly or deli- 
cately nurtured, one kept in the house and not hardened by out-of- 
doors life ; hence applied to citizens, as opposed to the hardier 
inhabitants of the country, and in modern times confined to the 
inhabitants of London. The Promptorium Parvulorum, and the 
authorities cited in Mr. Way's note, give ' Coknay, carifotus, delicius, 
mammotrophus ' ; ' To bring up like a cocknaye, mignoter.' ' Deli- 
cias facere, to play the cockfiey.'' Cf. ' Puer in deliciis matris nutri- 

^ take. 2 hulls. ^ seethe. ■* cool. * eggs. 

^ wheat simmered until tender. ' not fine, coarse. * beat, pound. 



Notes and Illustrations. 3 1 1 

tus, Anglice, a cokenay.' — Halliwell. ' Cockney, niais, mignot.' — 
Sherwood. The Fr. coquelwer, to dandle, cocker, fedle, pamper, 
make a wanton of a child, leads us in the right direction." — Wedg- 
wood, Etymol. Diet. " A cockney, a childe tenderly brought up ; a 
dearling. Cockering, mollis ilia educatio quam indulgentiam voca- 
mus." — Baret's Alvearie, 1580. 

94. In chapter 62 of the First Part of this work, p. 139, we had 
a comparison between good and bad husbandry, and we are here 
presented with a contrast between good and bad huswifery. 

94. 2. Compare Taming of the Shrew, Act iv. sc. 3, 57 : 
" With scarfs and fans and double change of bravery." 

94. 8. " Good huswiferie canteth." The ed. of 1573 reads 
'' franteth" the meaning of which is "to be careful, economical." 

95. I. For boys the practice of music would be degrading, except 
as a profession ; and even for girls, however fashionable it may be, 
it is generally worse than useless, as it occupies that time which 
ought to be devoted to much more important purposes. — M. 

95. 2. " Least homelie breaker," etc., that is, lest an inexperi- 
enced teacher ruin the mind of the pupil, as an unpractised horse- 
breaker will spoil a promising colt. 

95. 3. "Well a fine," a phrase meaning to a good purpose, a 
good result. 

95. 5. "Cocking Mams," that is, over-indulgent mothers. "A 
father to much cockering, Pater nimis indulgens." — Baret's Alvearie, 
1580. See Note to 92. 4. 

" Shifting Dads," that is, fathers who are constantly shifting their 
children from one school to another, 

97. 1. " Assone as a passenger comes to an Inne the Host or 
Hostesse visit him ; and if he will eate with the Host or at a 
common table with others, his meale will cost him sixe pence, or 
in some places but foure pence (yet this course is lesse honourable 
and not used by gentlemen) ; but if he will eate in his chamber he 
commands what meate he will, according to his appetite, and as 
much as he thinkes fit for him and his company." — Fynes Moryson's 
Itinerary, 1617, Part III. p. 151. 

97. 3. "To purchase linne." To purchase Lynn, by petty 
savings, seems to have been a proverbial mode of expression, used 
in ridicule of stinginess. 

97. 5. " You are on the high way to Needham." — Ray. 

98. I. The braggadocios and coxcombs of the day would use 
their daggers to carve with, which were perfectly harmless for any 
other purpose. Forks were yet strangers to an English dinner- 
table. Knives were first made in England, according to Anderson, 
in 1563. A meat-knife of Queen Elizabeth's, mentioned in Nichols's 
" Progresses," had " a handle of white bone and a conceyte in it." 
In the same work we read of "a dozen of horn spoons in a bunch," 
as the instruments "meetest to eat furmenty porage with all ; " also 



312 Notes a)id Illustrations. 

of " a folding spoon of gold," and "a pair of small snuffers, silver- 
gilt." — Pictorial History of England, ii. 856. 

98. 4. " Go toie with his nodie." The edition of 1573 reads 
" go toy with his noddy, with ape in the street," and more recent 
editions read " go toy with his noddy-like ape in the street." This 
reading has been adopted by Dr. Mavor. Peacock's Gloss, gives 
" Noddipol a sillie person. ' Whorson nodipol that I am ! ' — Bernard's 
Terence, 43. 'A verye nodypoll nydyote myght be ashamed to 
say it.' — The Workes of Sir Thomas More, 1557, p. 209." 

99. 3. " Fisging." The Rev. W. Skeat, in his note to Piers 
Plowman, C. Text, Passus x, 1. 153, "And what frek of \y% folde 
fiskc\ j^us a-boute," remarks: " Fisketh, wanders, roams. As this 
word is scarce, I give all the instances of it that I can find. In 
Sir Gawayne and the Grene Knight, ed. JMorris, 1. 1704, there is a 
description of a foxhunt, where the fox and the hounds are thus 
mentioned : — 

' & h&/y'shez hem by-fore • )7ay founden hym sone ' — 
i.e. and he (the fox) runs on before them (the hounds) ; but they 
soon found him. ' Fyscare abowte ydylly ; Discursor, discursatrix, 
vagulus vel vagator, vagatrix.' — Prompt. Parv. p. 162. ' Fiskin 
abowte yn ydilnesse ; Vago, giro, girovago.' — Ibid. 
' Such serviture also deserveth a check. 
That runneth out Jisking, with meat in his beck [mouth'].' — 
Tusser, Five Hundred Points, etc., ed. Mavor, p. 286. 
' Then had every flock his shepherd, or else shepherds ; now they 
do not ox\\y r\ii\ Jisking about from place to place, . . but covetously 
join living to living.' — Whitgift's Works, i. 528. ' l/jske, ie fretille. 
I praye you se howe she fysketh about.' — Palsgrave. ' Trotiere, a 
raumpe, fisgig,_;f^y{7«^ huswife, raunging damsell.' — Cotgrave. 
' Then in cave, then in a field of corn. 
Creeps to and fro, dmd Jishth in and out.' 

Dubartas (in Nares). 
' His roving eyes rolde to and fro, 
liiefiskyng^ne, did mincyng go.' 

Kendalls's Flower of Epigrammes, 1577 (Nares). 
' Tom Tankard's cow .... 
Flinging about his halfe 2iker, fiskitig with her tail.' 

Gammer Gurton's Needle, i. 2. 
' Fieska, io fish the tail about ; to fisk up and down.' — Swedish Dic- 
tionary, by J. Serenius. ' Fjeska, v.n. to fidge, to fidget, io fiski" — 
Swed. Diet. (Tauchnitz)." 

100. 3. In the Rolls of Parliament, at the opening of the Parlia- 
ment of 2 Rich. II. in the year 1378, we find — " Qui sont appellez 
Bachyters sont auxi come chiens qi mangeont les chars crues," etc. 
In the Ancren Riwle (Camden Soc. ed. Morton), p. 86, are de- 
scribed two kinds of backbiters., who are defined generally as " Bac- 
bitares, j^e bite^ o^re men bihinden " ; the two kinds are i . those 



Notes and Illustrations. 313 

who openly speak evil of others, and 2. those who under the cloak 
of friendship slander others. The latter is stated to be far the 
worse. In an Old Eng. Miscellany (E. E. Text Soc. ed. JNIorris), 
p. 187, we are told that " Alle bacbYtares\).^o wende]? to helle." — 
Rev. W. W. Skeat, note to P. Plowman, B. v. 89. 

"The friend doth hate." The edition of 1585 reads, evidently 
by a misprint, fiends. 

102. I. "Roinish," lit. scurvy, hence coarse, rough. ^' Rongneux, 
scabbie, mangle, scurvie." — Cotgrave. It occurs twice in the 
" Romaunt of the Rose," 11. 988 and 6190. In the form rinish, 
signifying " wild, jolly, unruly, rude," it is found among the York- 
shire words in Thoresby's Letter to Ray, reprinted by the Eng. 
Dial. Soc. " Rennish," in the sense of " furious, passionate," 
which is in Ray's collection of North-country words, is, perhaps, 
another form of the word. 

105. 16. " Still presently," i.e. always as close at hand. 

106. 15. "In vsing there his will," that is, in doing so he acted 
of his own free will. 

106. 16. " Seene"=:appeared, showed himself. 

107. I. "Do show" (to who thou wouldst to know). The meaning 
is perfectly clear, but the manner in which it is expressed is very 
curious. We may paraphrase it thus : " doth show to him whom 
thou wishest to teach." 

107. 4. Compare Psalm ciii. 15, 6. 

108. I. "Let gift no glorie looke," that is, in giving alms look 
for (expect) no praise or earthly reward for so doing. 

108. 2. " Provoke "=urge. 

111. In the edition of 1577 ^^ arrangement of this chapter is 
somewhat difterent. The Latin verses are first printed by them- 
selves, and headed " Sancti Barnardi dicta," and after comes the 
English version, with the following title : "Eight of Saint Barnardes 
verses, translated out of Latin | into english by this Aucthor for one 
kind 1 of note to serue both ditties." The translation in the " Para- 
dise of Dainty Devices," mentioned by IMason, is by Barnaby Rich, 
under the signature of " My Luck is Loss." The following is the 
first verse, transcribed for comparison with Tusser's version : 
" Why doth each state apply itself to worldly praise } 
And undertake such toil, to heap up honour's gain, 
Whose seat, though seeming sure, on fickle fortune stays, 
Whose gifts are never prov'd perpetual to remain } 
But even as earthen pots, with every fillip fails : 
So fortune's favour flits, and fame with honour quails." 
111. 5. "Carle." M. Licinius Crassus, surnamed Dives, or the 
Rich, one of the first Roman Triumvirate, and celebrated for his 
avarice and love of the table. 

111.6. "O thou fit bait for wormes ! " In the Treatise of Vincentio 
Saviolo, printed in 1595 with the title "Vincentio Saviolo his 



314 Notes and Illustrations. 

Practise. In two Bookes. The first intreating of the use of the 
Rapier and Dagger. The second of Honor and Honorable 
Quarrels," the printer's device has the motto : " O wormes meate : 
O froath : O vanitie : why art thou so insolent." Compare "As you 
Like it," Act iii. sc. 2, 59, " Most shallow man ! thou worm's meat ! " 

112. I. " For fortunes looke." In editions of 1573 and 1585 the 
reading is " For fortune, look." It is evident that these verses were 
written at the time when our author first retired from court, and 
that they were appended to this work long after. They allude to 
recent events, to " fatal chance," and to other circumstances, which 
would have been obliterated from the mind after the lapse of so many 
years. — M. See Tusser's Autobiography, ch. 113, stanza 14, p. 208. 

112. 4. "Too daintie fed;" that is, to one who has been accus- 
tomed to luxury, and high living. 

112. 5. "If court with cart, etc." If one, who has been a 
courtier, must put up with the life of the country. 

113. 5. "What toesed eares." Toese, or toiize, to worry (as a 
dog does a bear), properly used of the dressing of wool, and thence 
metaphorically, as in Spenser, Faerie Queene, xi. 33, 

" And as a beare, w-hom angry curres have touz'd:" 
to the dog who pulls the fell off the bear's back. Cf. the old name 
for a dog, Towzer. Coles renders lose or toze by " carpo, vellico." 
Baret, Alvearie, 1580, gives, "to Tosse wooll, carpere lanam" 
Compare chap. 99. 4, p. 189, "so tossed with comorants," which is 
spelt toesed in the ed. of 1577, and teazed in those of 1580 and 1585. 
" What robes." The livery or vestis liberata, often called robe, 
allowed annually by the college. — Warton, Hist, of Eng. Poetry. 

Penny-ale is common, thin ale. It is spoken of in Piers Plow- 
man, ed. Skeat, Passus xv. 1. 310, as a most meagre drink, only 
fitted for strict-living friars. It was sold at a pen7iy a gallon, while 
the best ale was four pence. 

" Peny ale and podyng ale she poured togideres 
For labourers and for lowe folke, l^at lay by hym-selue." 
Piers Plowman, B. Text, Passus v. 220. 
113. 6. " Sundrie men had plagards then." See remarks in 
Biographical Sketch. 

""The better brest," etc. On these words Hawkins, in his Hist, 
of Music, ed. 1853, ii. 537, remarks: "In singing, the sound is 
originally produced by the action of the lungs, which are so 
essential an organ in this respect, that to have a good breast was 
formerly a common periphrasis to denote a good singer." Cf. 
Shakspere, Twelfth Night, Act ii. sc. 3, " By my troth, the fool 
hath an excellent breast." Halliwell quotes : 
" I syng not musycall 
For my brest is decayd." — Armonye of Byrdes, p. 5. 
Ascham, in his Toxophilus, says, when speaking of the expediency 
of educating youths in singing : " Trulye two degrees of men, 



Notes and Illustrations. 315 

which have the highest offices under the king in all this realme, 
shall greatly lacke the vse of singinge, preachers and lawyers, 
because they shall not, without this, be able to rule theyr brestes for 
euerye purpose." — Lond. i57i,fo. 86 ; and in Strype's Life of Arch. 
Parker it is stated that " In the Statutes of Stoke College, Suffolk, ' 
founded by Parker, is a provision in these words : ' of which said 
queristers, after their breasts are changed, will the most apt of wit 
and capacity be holpen with exhibitions of forty shillings.' " 

113. 8. Nicholas Udall was the author of our oldest known 
comedy "Roister Doister." He was born 1505, and was Master 
first at Eton and afterwards at Westminster, at both of which places 
he became notorious for the severity of his punishments. He wrote 
several dramas, now lost, one of which, " Ezekias," was acted 
before Queen Elizabeth at Cambridge, and, in all probability, 
" Roister Doister " was intended to be performed by his pupils. 

113. II. As to Tusser's pedigree see letter from the Windsor 
Herald, in the Biographical Sketch. 

113. 12. " Tiburne play." Tyburn appears from authentic records 
to have been used as a place of execution in the time of Edward HI. 
and probably before. See also stanza 35 post. There was another 
place of execution, in the parish of St. Thomas-a-Waterings, in 
Southwark, called for distinction Tyburn of Kent. See Pegge's 
Kenticisms, ed. Skeat, Proverb 11, and Dr. Johnson's Poem of 
London, 1. 238, and the note on it in Hales's Longer Eng. Poems, 
1872, p. 313. 

113. 16. "A towne o{ price.'" A common expression in old 
English, meaning of high estimation, noble. See Halliwell, s.v. 

113. 18. "Norfolk wiles," etc. The East Anglians were noted 
for their litigious propensities. Fuller, in his Worthies, says, 
" Whereas pedibiis ambulando is accounted but a vexatious suit in 
other counties, here (where men are said to study law as following 
the plough-tail) some would persuade us that they will enter an 
action for their neighbour's horse but looking over their hedge." 
An Act was passed in 1455 (33 Henry VL cap. 7) to check the 
litigiousness of the district : " Whereas, of time not long past, 
within the city of Norwich, and the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, 
there were no more but 6 or 8 attornies at the most that resorted 
to the King's Courts, in which time great tranquillity reigned in the 
said city and counties, and little trouble or vexation was made by 
untrue and foreign suits. And now so it is, that in the said city 
and counties, there be fourscore attornies or more, the more part 
of them having no other thing to live upon but only his gain by the 
practice of attorneyship, and also the more part of them not being 
of sufficient knowledge to be an attorney, which come to every fair, 
market, and other places, where is any assembly of people, ex- 
horting, procuring, moving and inciting the people to attempt 
untrue foreign suits for small trespasses, little offences and small 



3i6 Notes and Illustrations. 

sums of debt, whose actions be triable and determinable in Court 
Barons ; whereby proceed many suits, more of evil will and malice 
than of the truth of the thing, to the manifold vexation and no little 
damage of the inhabitants of the said city and counties, and also to 
the perpetual destruction of all the Courts Baron in the said 
counties, unless convenient remedy be provided in this behalf; the 
foresaid Lord the King considering the premises, by the advice, 
assent and authority aforesaid, hath ordained and established, that 
at all times from henceforth there shall be but six common attor- 
nies in the said County of Norfolk, and six common attornies in 
the said County of Suffolk, and two common attornies in the said 
City of Norwich, to be attornies in the Courts of Record ; and that 
all the said fourteen attornies shall be elected and admitted by the 
two Chief Justices of our Lord the King for the time being, of the 
most sufficient and best instructed, by their discretions." East 
Anglians were frequently called " Barrators," that is, incitors to 
lawsuits (O.Fr. lareter, to deceive, cheat). 

113. 2 1. " Diram sell." West Dereham Abbey, near Downham. 
Norfolk, founded by Hubert Walter, Archbishop of Canterbury, for 
Prsemonstratensian canons. 

113. 27. Faiersted, a parish about four miles from Witham, and 
near our author's birthplace. 

113. 31. The plague, to which Tusser evidently alludes, according 
to Maitland, raged in London in 1574 and 1575. It must have been 
subsequent to 1573, as the edition of that date does not contain 
this or the following stanza. 

113. 32. This and the preceding stanzas were first introduced in 
the edition of 1580. 

113. 33. Cf. " The rank is but the guinea stamp, 

A man's a man for a' that." — Burns. 

113. 35. "Cocking Dads." Cf. ch. 95, stanza 5, p. 186. 

113. 36. " Of hir or him." See note on ch. 62, stanza 6. 

113. 37. " L'homme propose, Dieu dispose." 

113. 31. "Or for to iet," etc. "The Normane guise was, to 
walke and jet up and downe the streetes, with great traines of idle 
serving men following them." — Lambarde's Peramb. of Kent, Re- 
print of 1826, p. 320. '■^Jetting along with a giant-like gate." — 
Tom Tel-Troth's Message, New Shak. Soc. ed. Furnivall, p. 125. 
" Rogue, why winkest thou } Jenny, \yh.y Jet test thou } " — R. Holme, 
Names of Slates, Bk. iii. ch. v. p. 265. " Item, That no scholler be 
out of his college in the night season, or goe a getting, and walke 
the streetes in the night season, unlesse he goe with the Proctors, 
uppon the payne appointed in the ould Statutes of the University, 
which is not meate. And they declare that it is the auncient custome, 
that the Proctors shall not goe a Jetting, without the licence of 
the Vice Chancellor, unlesse it be in Time of some suddayne 
danger or occasion." — Cole's MSS. vol. 42, in the British Museum. 



ADDITIONAL NOTES. 

Those signed J. B. are by Mr. J. Britten, F.L.S. 



21. 14. Cotgrave, s.v. Laisser and Houseau, has an exactly parallel 
expression : " II a laisse ses houseaux, he hath tipped up the heeles, 
or is ready to doe it ; he hath got him to his last bed ; he is even 
as good as gone ; he is no better then a dead man." The Catho- 
licon Anglicum also gives " Top ouer tayle, precipitanter : to cast 
tope ouer tayle, precipitari." 

34. 21. Turner (Names of Herbes) says the currant tree is called 
" in some places of England a Rasin tree." — J.B. 

37. I. See also Swainson's Weather Folklore, pp. 40-42. — J.B. 

39. 5. "Beets," although joined here with " bleets," no doubt 
refers to the common beetroot, Beta vulgaris, Linn. Gerard had 
the "White or Yellow Beete" in his garden. — J.B. 

39. 16. This is no doubt Helmiiithia echioides, Linn., of which 
Parkinson {Pa}-adisus) gives a good description and figure under 
this name, and says, " The leaves are onely used . . . for an herbe 
for the pot among others." Lyte's reference is to some other plant 
which has "a purple flower." — J.B. 

39. 20. The first portion of the note on p. 266 refers to a Crypto- 
gam called Liverwort, having nothing to do with the plant meant 
by Tusser. — J.B. 

39. 22. It is still much grown in some districts, as in Lincoln- 
shire (where it is called " JMarquerry "), being boiled and eaten as 
spinach. — J.B. 

39. 24. The plant referred to in the quotation from the Prompt. 
Parv. is not that meant by Tusser. — J.B. 

39. 30. Lupton (Book of Notable Things, v. 89) speaks of 
"Primroses, which some take to be Daisies." — J.B. 

39. 40. The wild tansey is not Tusser's plant. — J.B, 

40. 17. " Sea holie." Eryngitc??! maritimian, l^mn. " The leaves 
are good to be eaten in sallads." — Langham's Garden of Health. 
" The young and tender shoots are eaten of divers either raw or 
pickled." — Parkinson, Theatrum Botanicum, 1640, p. 988. — J.B. 

43. 4. " There are many sorts of Colombines, as well differing 
in forme as colour of the flowers, and of them both single and 
double carefully noursed up in our gardens, for the delight both of 
their forme and colours." — Parkinson, Paradisus, 1629, p. 271. — J.B. 

61. 32. Compare the expression in the Paston Letters, i. 390, 
" Writan in my slepyng tyme at after none, on Wytsonday." 

66. 44. " For Mihelmas spring," that is, " for fear of injuring the 
young plants, etc., at Michaelmas." 

57. 3. There is no doubt Mr. Skeat is right; compare " Centory 
must be gotten betweene our Lady dayes." — Langham's Garden of 
Health. The date is not uncommon in Herbals. — J.B. 



GLOSSARY. 



Those words which occur only in the edition of 1557 are marked with an asterisk. 

The references are to the Chapters and Stanzas ; thzis, ^6/2^ means page 36, 
stanza 23. The usual abbreviations are used. 



Ad, 36/23, ^' ^^P- ^d'^- 

Addle, 51/6, v. increase in bulk. — T.R. 
Icel.(?V//aj/J = togain, earn. "Adylle, 
adipisci, acquirei'e." — Cath. Angli- 
cum. 

Adue, 3/8, itit. adieu, farewell. 

Aduise, IO/41, s. care, notice. "Take 
aduise of thy rent" = make prepara- 
tions for paying your rent, by laying 
by for that purpose. 

Afoord, 99/4, V. afford. 

After claps, 49/a', s.pl. disagreeable con- 
sequences. 

Whane thy frende ys thy foo, 
He woUe tell alle and more too ; 
Beware of after clappes ! 

MS. Lansd. 762, f. 100. 

After crop, I8/20, v. extract a second 
crop from the land. 

Aile, 35/31, V. affects, is the matter 
with. A.S. eglan, 

Aker, 10/ 14, s. acre. 

Alexanders, 40/1, s. pi. the horse 
parsley. "Alexandre, the hearb 
great parsley, Alexanders or Ali- 
saunders." — Cotgrave. See Lyte's 
Dodoens, p. 609. 

All in all, 4/2, the principal point. 

Alley, 15/35, s. paths, walk. 

Allow, 33/30 ; Alow, 15/32, V. pr. t. 
recommend, approve of. O. Fr. 
alouer, from Lat. laudare. 

Aloft, 33/56, adv. up. 

Alowe, 1 14/2, adv. low down, deep ; cf 
113/23. ^f- "Why somme be 
alozue and somme alofte." — P. 
Plowman, B. Text, xii. 222. 

Ambling, 95/2, adj. trotting, cantering. 

Amends, ^10/58, s. reparation, amend- 
ment. 

Amisse, 89/13, '^'^"^- amiss, wrong. 



Amitie, 9/i8, s. friendship. 

Andrew, 48/i9, St. Andrew's Day, 30th 

November. 
Among, 1/5, adv. at times ; 27/4, cuer 

among = constantly, always. 
Anker, 13/5, ■*'■ anchor. 
Annis, 45/ 1, s. anise. Lat. anistmi. 
Anoieng, 4S/ii, v. injuring, damaging. 

O. Fr. anoier, from Lat. nocere. 
Anue, 10/37, adv. anew, again. 
Aperne, 1 7/4, s. an apron. Fr. naperon, 

a large cloth, from Lat. nappa, O. 

Fr. appro7iaire = z. woman's apron ;. 

approfiier = a blacksmith's apron. 

" Barmeclothe or naprun." — 

Prompt. Parv. 
Aqua composita, 91/i, see note. 
Araid, 48/22, //. kept in order, regu- 
lated. O. Fr. arraicr. A.S. ge- 

radan =to get ready. 
Arbor, 35/45, -f- an arbour. O. Fr. 

her bier. 
Armer, 2/4, s. help, assistance. 
Arse, 51/4, s. buttocks, hind part. A.S. 

ears, cers. 
As, blj^"], which. 
Assai, 1/4, s. trial. O. Fr. assai. 
Asunder, 17/li, v. break asunder or 

in pieces. 
Atchiue, 69/i, v. finish, complete. O. 

Fr. achiever. 
Athit, 16/6, adj. (?), "ill-breeders."— 

Mavor. Ill-conditioned. — Wright's 

Prov. Diet. 
A too, 17/9, adv. in two, astmder. 
Attainted, 75/8, pp. tainted ; the ex- 
pression "touched" is also in use. 

O. Fr. attaint, from Lat. attingere. 
Attonemet, IO6/11, s. atonement. 
Auke, 62/13, <^'^j- unlucky {lit. back- 
ward, inverted, confused). "Awke 



320 



Glossary. 



or wronge, sinister!!'' — Prompt. 
Parv. 

Aumbrie, 75/2, s. cupboard, pantry. 
See Prompt. Parv. s.v. Awmehry. 
L. Lat. ali/ionariiim. See also 
Wedgwood, s.v. Amhy. 

Auailes, p. 2, v. pr. t. is useful or profit- 
able. 

Auens, 39/i, s. herb bennet — geum tir- 
banti/n. Welsh afaiis. The roots 
gathered in the spring and put into 
ale give it a pleasant flavour. 

Auise Avouse, 55/4, "is French jargon 
for assure yourself, take care." — 
Mavor. 

Auouch, 10/12, V. own, acknowledge. 
"I'll avouch it to his head."- — Shak. 
Mids. Night's Dream, i. I. 

Awe, 56/2, s. August. 

Ayer, I6/20, s. air. 



B. 



Baggage, 2I/21, s. foul stuff, perhaps 
from Fr. bagasse. 

Baggedglie tit 16/6, worthless beasts, 
baggagely. 

Bales, 8 1/2, s. pi. chidings, reproof. 
Halliwell has this word, misspelt 
baics, as from Hunter's additions to 
Boucher. 

Bailie, IO/18, s. bailiff, steward. Lat. 
bajtihis. Fr. bailli. 

Baiting, 85/2, feeding, eating. 

Balke, J-. "What is in some places 
called a mier bank, being narrow 
slips of land between ground and 
ground."— T.R. K.%. bale. Welsh 
vale, a strip of land. " A balke or 
banke of earth ranged or standing 
up betweene two furrowes." — Ba- 
ret's Alvearie. Halliwell, s.v. Balk, 
refers to this passage and explains 
Balke as a piece of timber. 

Ball, 95/2, s. a common name for a 
horse. In the Prompt, it is applied 
to a sheep, and in the Privy Purse 
expenses of Henry VIII. p. 43, to 
a dog. 

Band, 56/i7, s. bands or ropes of straw. 

Bandes, 9/24, s. bonds, engagements. 

Bandog, IO/19, s. a dog always tied up 
on account of his fierceness ; ac- 
cording to Bewick a species of 
mastiff crossed with a bull-dog. 
Dutch band-hond. 

Bane, 81/6, s. poison. 



Bane, 46/23, ^- ruin. A.S. bana. O. 
Icel. bani. 

Banish, 9/29, v. free, clear. 

Banket, 28/3, v. pr. t. feast, banquet. 

Barberies, 31/3, •''• barberry ; berberis 
vulgaris, Linn. 

Barberlie, 51/4, ^d'^^- lil^^ ^ barber. 

Bare, 74/6, adj. uncouer your bare = 
strip the clothes off and whip you. 

Barelie, 56/23, ^- barley. 

Bargaine, 16,3, s. contract, agreement. 

Barth, 88/26, s. shelter. " Barth, 
ground floor, floor." — Spurrell's 
Welsh Diet. " A warm place or 
pasture for calves or lambs. — Ray. 
" A place near the farm-house well- 
sheltered. " — T. R. 

Bartilmewtide, 57/47, St. Bartholomew's 
Day, 24th August. 

Bassel, 42/i, Bazell, 5O/34, s. basil, 
much used in cookery, especially 
in France. Ocymiim basilieum. — 
Gerard's Herball. So called prob- 
ably from its being used in some 
royal (^aaiKiKov) medicine or bath. 

Baulme, 42/2, s. balsam, contracted 
from Lat. balsa?niim. 

Bauen, 57/33, ^- light loose faggots. 
O. Fr. baJ^e — 2, faggot. " Baven, 
the smaller trees whose sole use is 
for the fire." — Skinner. 

Bayted, 64*/7, //. baited. 

Beare off, 17/2, v. ward off, keep off. 

Beare out, I6/10, v. keep off, protect 
from. 

Beares, 2Qji,v.pr. t. provides, furnishes. 

*Bease, 57, s. pi. beasts, cows. 

Beastlie, 20/2, adj. stupid, careless. 

Beath, 28/9, v. to place before the 
fire, to straighten by heating. 

Beck, 46/28, s. beak. 

*Beclip, 30, V. anticipate, surprise. 

Bedstraw, I9/40, s. clean straw. 

Beene, oljzz, s. property, wealth. 
Fr. bieti. 

Beere, 96/84, -*• ^'er. 

Beetle, 22/i, s. a wooden club or 
mallet, its head hooped with iron, 
and studded all over with nails, 
used for splitting wood. 

Beggerie, IO/40, s. beggary, poverty. 

Begilde, 57/27, Beguilde, IO/56, //. 
cheated, disappointed. 

Begon, 99/5, pp. begun. 

Behoouing, 2/5, rt^?^'. belonging, proper to. 

BellifuU, 46/27, s. sufficiency, satisfac- 
tion. 



Glossary. 



321 



Bent, 112/3, PP- inclined, disposed. 

Beshreawd, 102/ 7, //. ruined, cursed. 
Connected with the shrew mouse, 
to which deadly qualities were at 
one time attributed. 

Bestad, 11 8/23, pp. circumstanced, 
situated. 

Bestowe, I6/34, v. imp. place, arrange. 

Betanie, 45/3, s. the plant Betony, Be- 
tonica officinalis, Linn. 

Betvvix, 74/2, adv. between. A. S. be- 
iwix. 

Bewraies, IO8/4, v. pr. t. betrays. 

Bex, 37/12, s. pi. beaks. Fr. bee, pi. 
bees. 

Biefe, 21/ii, j-. beef. 

Big, 33/36, s. teat, pap. A.S. bige, a 
bosom. — Bailey's Diet. 1735. It 
also occurs in Gilford's Dialogue 
on Witches, 1603. 

Bil, 17/8; Bill, 88/22, s. billhook. 

Bilde, 95/6, v. build. 

Billet, 53/12, s. chopped-up wood. 

Bin, IQl ji, pp. been. 

Blabs, 100/3, s. pi. chatterboxes, talka- 
tive persons. " Caequeieiw, babil- 
laj-d, ba(]iie7tatidier, bavard. A 
blab, a long tongue : one that 
telleth whatsoever he heareth. " — 
Nomenclator, 1585. 

Blade, I9/14, s. blades of grass. 

Blaze, IO8/4, V. spread abroad the re- 
port of, blaze abroad. Cf. Spenser, 
F. Q., I. xi. 7. A.S. blcesan, to 
blow. 

Blenge, IOO/3, v. blenge, mix. 

Blessed thistle, 44/i, s. so called from 
its supposed power of counteracting 
the effects of poison ; Carduus 
benedietiis. 

Blew, 43/3, adj. blue. 

Blindfild, 9O/3, adj. blindfold. 

Blisse, 2/3, V. bless, praise. 

Block in the fier, IO/57, a block of wood 
in the fire. 

Blocks, 17/11, s. pi. blocks of wood, 
trunks and stumps of trees. 

Bloodwort, 39/4, s. bloody-veined dock, 
Rumex sanguineus. 

Blouse, I6/37, s. red-faced wife or girl. 
" A girl or wench whose face looks 
red by running abroad in the wind 
and weather is called a blouz, and 
said to have a bloitzing colour. " — 
Kennett, MS. Lansd. 1033. See 
also Thoresby's Letter to Ray, 
E.D. Soc. B, 17. 



Blowne, 2/io, pp. reported. 

Bobbed, II8/5, //. pouting. 

Boddle, 51/11, s. "a vi'eed like the 
Mayweed, but bears a large yellow 
flower." — T. R. From Dutch /^;//- 
del, a purse, because it bears 
goals or goldins, gold coins, Dutch 
gulden, a punning allusion to its 
yellow flowers. 

Boies, 57/34, J-. //. boys. 

Bold, 2/9, V. pt. t. embolden, encourage. 

Bold, 63/22, adj. proud. 

Boll, 83/2, s. washing-bowl, tub. 

Bolted, 67/2, //. sifted, examined. 
Bolted-bread =a loaf of sifted wheat 
meal mixed with rye. See Bolt 
and Bolting-cloth in Peacock's 
Gloss, of Manley and Corringham. 

BooUesse, 34/4, •*■• bullace, small tartish 
plums, black or yellow. Called 
in Cambridgeshire " Cricksies." 
" I believe the word to be Celtic : 
Irish bulos, a prune, Breton polos, 
a bullace, Gaelic bulaistear, a 
bullace, a sloe." — Note by Rev. 
W. W. Skeat. "A bullace, frute, 
pi'iineolum.'" — Manip. Vocab. 

Boone, Qijil, s. request, prayer. 

Boord, 23/12, s. boards, planks. 

Boorde, 88/1, s. the table, meals. 

Bootie, 48/14, ■f- booty, prey. 

Borough, 33/7, s. burrows, warren. 
A.S. beorg, beorh. 

Botch, 74/5, V. imp. patch. 

Botles, 43/3, s. chrysanthemum. "Boyul 
or bothule, herbe or Cowslope, 
Vactinia." — Prompt. Parv. 

Bots, 45/22, s. pi. a disease (worms) 
troublesome to horses. Gaelic 
botns, a bott ; boiteag, a maggot. 

Bottle, 21/15, -f- the leathern bottle. 

Bowd, 19/39, s. weevil, Cnrculio gra- 
narins; bowd-eaten = eaten by wee- 
vils. " Bowde, malte worme." 
"Maltebowdeorwevyl." — Prompt. 
Parv. 

Bowe, n/i^, s. bow. 

Bows, 36/i2, s. pi. boughs, sticks. A.S. 
bog, boh. 

Brag, 19/14, s. boast, sham, pretence ; 
94/16, value, estimation. 

Braggeth, 62/ 1, v. pr. t. boasts, brags. 
Welsh bragiaw. Fr. braguer. 

Brake, 15/33, ■''• underwood, ferns, etc. 
Brakes, " Their light firing in Nor- 
folk, that is wherewith they bake 
and brew."— T.R. 

21 



322 



Glossary. 



Brail, 77/ 1 1, V. quarrelling, scolding. 

Bralling, IOI/4, adj. brawling, quarrel- 
some. 

Brank, 19/20, s. Buck-wheat. Polygo- 
num fagopyrutn. ^^Braiice, bearded 
red wheat." — Cotgrave. ^^Braiice" 
occurs in Pliny's Hist. Nat. xviii. 
c. 7. 

Brats, 81/6, s. pi. children. 

Brauling, 48/15, ^- quarrels, contention. 

Braue, 94/2, adj. fine, grand. 

Brauerie, 9/i2, s. show, boast. 

Brawne, 31/2, s. brawn, originally the 
flesh of the wild boar, but used for 
flesh generally. O. Fr. braon, 
braion, 

Brawneth, I6/22, v. pr. t. fatteneth. 

Breaching, 2/ii, s. breaking, breach. 

Breadcorne, 19/20, s. " leguminous 
crops." — Wright's Diet. 

Breaker, 95/2, s. horse-breaker. 

Breaketh his credit, IO/37, fails to do 
what he has promised. 

Breakhedge, I0/36, s. trespassers and 
others who break down fences, or 
make gaps in hedges. 

Breathely, 33/38, adj. worthless. See 
Halliwell, s.v. Bretheling. 

Brecke, lfi/16, s. breach, gap. A.S. 
brecan, to break. 

Breede, IO/31, v. cause, generate. 

Breeders, I2/2, s. pi. good time for 
breeding. 

Breeding, 2/ 10, s. origin, source. 

Breers, 113/2, j. //. briars, thorns, hence 
troubles and difficulties. 

Bremble, 36/23, s. bramble, briar. 

Brest, 11/7, w. nurse. 

Brest, 113/6, .;. voice. See note. 

Breth, IO7/4, s. breath. 

Bribing, IO/27, v. thieving, stealing. 
" I bribe, I pull, I pyll."— Pals- 
giave. See Mr. Skeat's note to 
P. Plowman, xxiii. 262. 

Brineth, 75/8, v. pr. t. cure with brine 
or salt. 

Brooketh, 94/io, v. pr. t. endures, 
allows. 

Brothell, IO/20, v. riotous, dissipated. 
See Halliwell, s.v. Brethel. 

Brows, 33/11, feed on, nibble. O. Fr. 
brouster from broust, a sprout. 
" Yode forth abroade unto the 
greenewood to brozvze or play." — 
Spenser, Shep. Cal. May. ' ' Bi-owse, 
or meat for beastes in snowtyme. 
Vesca.^^ — Huloet. 



Brue, 15/33, ^' hrew. A.S. brhvan. 

Brush, 17/14, J', underwood, brushwood. 

Brushed cote, 49/<^, a beating ; cf. "a 
dusted jacket." 

Buck, 50/13, •f- buckwheat. Dutch 
boekiveit. 

Buckle, 96/84, ^' '"^/- prepare, get 
ready ; cf. buckle to. 

Bucks, 74/5, s. pi. a quantity of linen 
washed at once, a tub-full of linen 
ready for washing. Bouckfait, a 
washing-tub (Unton Inventories, 
p. 28). Lay your bucks =get your 
linen ready for washing. 

Buglas, 39/5, s. bugloss, Lycopsis arven- 
sis, Linn. 

Buie, 3/8, v. ; Buieng, 56/4, buy. 

Bulchin, 33/36, s. a bull-calf. 

Bullimong, I9/30, s. a mixture of oats, 
peas and vetches, or buckwheat. 
Possibly a corruption of Lat. pul- 
mentuin. 

Burch, 92/4, s. the rod, birch. 

Barrage, 39/7, s. borage. Borago offici- 
nalis. The flowers were supposed 
to be cordial and excitative of 
courage, especially if infused in 
wine ; whence the derivation Celtic 
borr, pride, borrach, a haughty 
man. 

Burs, 63/i6, J.//, the burdock. ^^ Bourre, 
the downe or hairie coat, where- 
with divers herbs, fruites, and 
flowers are covered." — Cotgrave. 

Bushets, 37/19, s.pl. small shoots from 
bushes. 

Busht, 42/i, adj. thick, spreading. 

Buttrice, I7/4, s. a farrier's tool used in 
shoeing horses to pare the hoofs. 

Buttrie, 89/5, ^- pantry, cupboard. 

Buzard, 46/28, s. buzzard. 

By and bie, 07/15, adv. presently. 



C. 



Cabben, I6/23, ^- house, sty. 

Cace, 67/26, s. case, point. 

Cadow, 46/28, s. j^ackdaw. " Cadesse, 
Daw, Jackdaw." — Cotgrave. 
"Cad-dow, a Jackdaw or Chough, 
Norfolk." — Bailey's Diet. See note 
in Prompt. Parv., s.v. Cadaw. 

Calling, 9/1, s. station in life. 

Camamel, 42/3, ^- Camomile. Lat. 
chamamelutn. Greek x''M'"M'?''^'"'> 
earth-apple, from the smell of its 
flowers. 



Glossary. 



323 



Campe, 22/24, ^- to play football. 
A.S. cai/ip = a. contest. See Ray's 
Glossary, E. D. Soc. p. xvi. 

Campers, 22/24, s. P^- football players. 
See note. 

Campions, 43/5, ^- -^^^ Lychnis or Cam- 
pion, Lychnis dhirna. 

Candlemas, page 77, footnote 5) -f- 2nd 
February, so called from the great 
number of lights used on that day, 
being the feast of the Purification 
of the Virgin Mary. 

Canteth, 94/8, v. pr. t. ? scanteth, i.e. 
is economical. The edition of 1573 
rt3.ds franietk, which is a Somerset 
word meaning to be careful. Can- 
teth, according to Halliwell, means 
"divides," i.e. does not use up 
everything at once, but only what 
is wanted for the time. 

Canuas, 07/54, s. canvas. 

Capitaine cheefe, IO/19, head or chief 
captain. 

Capon, 31/3, s. a castrated cock. 

Careles, 80/4, adj. unwilling, not 
anxious. 

Carkas, 26/4, s. corpse, body. Fr. 
carcasse. 

Carke, II3/15, v. to be anxious. "I 
carke, I care, I take thought, Je 
ckagnne.'" — Palsgrave. " Waile 
we the wight whose absence is our 
ca7-ke." — Spenser, Shep. Cal. No- 
vember. 

*Carnels, 101, s. pi. seeds of the haw, 
briar, etc. Cf. ch. 18. st. 48 and 
36. 12. 

Carrege, 56/21, s. carrying home. 

Carren, I8/36, s. carrion, carcasses, 
M.E. caroigne. Fr. charognefixova. 
It. carogna, Lat. carofiem. 

Carrenly, I9/36, adj. rotting, putrifying. 

Cart gap, 06/13, ^- the openings for 
carts to pass from one field to 
another. 

Cartwrite, 08/5, s. cartwright. 

Cast, 10/41, V. to count up, reckon. 

Cast, 20/3, V. pr. t. to clean the threshed 
corn by casting it from one side of 
the barn to the other, that the 
light grains and dust may fall out. 
For this purpose is used a skuttle, 
q.v. 

Cast, 33/52, V. imp. give over, throw 
up. 

Casting, 65/8, adj. that throw up the 
earth as they burrow through it. 



Cater, 10/i6,j. caterer, provider. '■^ Cater 
a steward, a manciple, a prouider of 
Cates." — Baret's Alvearie. " Cates, 
dainty provisions." — Bailey's Eng. 
Diet. 1737. 

Cawme, 06/15, ^'^j- calm, settled. 

Challenge, 72/i, v. claim. O. Fr. 
chaleiiger. 

Champion (title), s. plain open country. 
Fr. champagne, from Lat. Cam- 
pania, from campus = a field. 
" Worstershire, Bedfordshire, and 
many other well-mixt soiles, where 
the Champaigne and couert are of 
equall largeness." — G. Markham, 
Husbandman's Recreations, c. i. 

Champions, I6/2, s. pi. inhabitants of 
counties where lands are open and 
unenclosed. 

Chancing, 9/30, v. happening, falling 
out. 

Chapman, 19/27, •*■• bargainer, dealer. 
A.S. ceapman. 

Charge, 84/2, s. trouble, expense. Com- 
pare All's Well that Ends Well, ii. 
3, 121 : " She had her breeding at 
my father's charge." 

Charged, 10/8, //. burdened, busy, 
anxious. 

Charges, 23/6, s. pi. works, troubles. 

Charuiel, 45/4, ■>'• the plant Chervil. 
Charophylliim tcmidentum, Linn. 
Whence A.S. carfille, Fr. cerfeicil. 

Chaunting, I6/31, v. crying, yelling. 

Cheanie, 2/6, Jeanie, Jennie. 

Cheere, 22/28, v. enjoy oneself. 

Cheere, 57/26, s. enjoyment, merriment. 

Chees, 48/20, s. cheese. Lat. caseus ; 
whence O.H. Ger. chasi, A.S. cese. 

Chein, 17/io, s. chain. 

Cherie, 33/58, s. cherry. Lat. cerasus ; 
whence A.S. cirse, Fr. cerise. 

Chikins, 88/33, -f- /^- chickens, young 
fowls. 

Chinke, 46/27, s. money. A word 
formed from the sound of coin 
Jingling together. 

Chip, 57/32, s. wood-choppings. 

Chippings, 86/3, s. pi. fragments of 
bread. " Chapplis, bread-chip- 
pings. " — Cotgrave. 

Choised, 57/34, //. selected, chosen. 
Fr. choix, choice. 

Chopping, 57/40, J. exchange, barter. 
" Choppe and chaunge, mercor." — 
Huloet. A.S. ceapan. 

Churle, IO/50, s. an ill-bred, disagree- 



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able person. A.S. ceorl, a freeman 
of the lowest rank. 

Cinqfile, 45/5, •''• cinquefoil. Potentilla, 
Linn. 

Clap, 10/22, s. blow, stroke; "at a 
clap " =at once. 

Clapper, 06/25, ^- ^ rabbit burrow or 
warren. " Cony hole or clapar." 
— Palsgrave. '''A clapper ior conies, 
i.e. a heap of stones, earih, with 
boughes or such like wherinto 
they may retire themselves." — 
Minsheu. Fr. clapier. L. Lat. 
clapa. 

Clarie, 39/9, ^- meadow sage. Salvia 
pratensis. 

Clauestock, 17/20, s. a chopper for 
splitting wood. 

Cleerely, I6/25, adj. clear. 

Clicket, 77/9, V. chatter. " If I dis- 
turb you with my clickctten, tell 
me so, David, and I won't." — C. 
Dickens in David Copperfield. "A 
tatling huswife, whose clicket is ever 
wagging." — Cotgrave. 

Clim, 06/23, s. ? Clement. 

Clime, 51ly:>, v. climb. A.S. climhan. 

Clod, 113/37, s. earth, hence = landed 
property. 

Clog, 89/i, s. charge, duty. 

Closet, 14/3, ■*■• retirement, seclusion. 

Closeth, 62/5, "^-p^- 1- incloses, fences in. 

Closier, page 2, s. enclosures. Fr. 
closure. 

Clot, 33/24, -f- clods. A. S. cUid. 
" Clodde or clotte lande, occo." — 
Huloet. 

*Cloughted, 89, pp. See Clouted. 

Clout, 67/i6, s. piece of cloth. A.S. 
cl/'tl, a little cloth. Mid. Eng. 
cloid, chttian., chitien, to patch. 

Clouts, Cloutes, 17/10, s. an instrument 
similar to the plowstaff, shod with 
iron and used for breaking large 
clods, etc. 

Clouted, 17/6, //. " having the Axle- 
tree armed with Iron plates." — T.R. 
O. Fr. cloiief, dimin. of clou, a 
nail, from Lat. clavus. See Nares, 
s.v. Clout. 

Coast, 63/7, ^- country, district. O. Fv. 
coste, from Lat. costa, a rib, side. 

Coast man, 36/22, s. masters of coasting 
vessels. 

Cobble, 74/5, V. imp. patch, mend. 

Cock, 53/4, V. imp. put into cocks, or 
small stacks. 



Cocking, 95/5, adj. over-indulgent. 
Cockle, 46/13, .f. the weed corn-rose, 
Agrostemma githago, Linn. Cockle 
or Cokyl is used by Wycliffe and 
other old writers in the sense of a 
weed generally. 
Cockneies, 92/4, ^- P^- spoilt or effemi- 
nate boys. See note, and Halliwell, 
s.v. Cockney. 
Cocks, 67/i6, s. pi. small conical heaps 

of hay or corn. 
Codware, 19/26, s. all plants that bear 
pods (or cods) ; peas, beans, etc. 
" Pescodde, escosse de poix." — 
Palsgrave. AS. codd. Welsh, 
cod, cwd, a small bag. 
Coeme, Coome, 17/7, ^- ^ measure of 
half a quartern. A.S. ciimb. — 
Somner. " There is no such word 
in A. S. as cuiiib ; it is one invented 
by Somner, so that the (so-called) 
A.S. cumb is really derived from 
Eng. coombP — Note by Rev. W. 
W. Skeat. 
Cofer up, 10/61, V. to hoard up, lock 

up. 
Cofers, I6/4, s. pi. money-boxes. 
Cog, 63/14, ^- cheat, defraud. " Cog 
a dye, to load a die." — Cotgrave. 
'"' A. cogger, un pipeur. To cogge, 
piper.'" — The French Schoole- 
master, 1636. 
Coile, 4/1, s. bustle, hard work ; cf. 

Fr. cucllce, a mob, tumult. 
Cold, 91/2, adj. cooling. 
Cole, 51 12,1, s. turf, peat. 
Colewort, 39/io, s. or collet, cabbage. 

Brassica oleracea, Linn. 
Collembines, 43/4, s.pl. columbine. Lat. 
cohimbina, adj. from cohunba, a 
pigeon, from the resemblance of 
its nectaries to the heads of pigeons 
in a ring round a dish, a favourite 
device of ancient artists. — Dr. R. 
A. Prior. 
Comfort, 19/19, ■*'• strength, fertility. 
Commodities, 37/i7, s.pl. advantages. 
Compact, lll/i, pp. composed. Lat. 
compaclits, ixQva compango. "Love 
is a spirit all compact of fire." — 
Venus and Adonis, 149. 
Compas, 47/3, s. manure, compost. 
O. Fr. compost, from Lat. compo- 
situm. 
Compassing, 56/i, s. manuring. 
*Compast, II, //. manured. 
♦Compound, 11, v. imp. agree, arrange. 



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325 



Confer, page 2, v. compare. Lat. con- 
ferre. 

Confound, Q'1J2'J, v. destroy, spoil. 

Conie, I0/20, s. a term of endearment. 

Conies, 63/io, s. pi. rabbits. Welsh 
cwning. Irish coinni. Lat. cuni- 
culus, cognate with Lat. cunetcs 
(what cleaves, a wedge), and comes 
from the Sanskrit root kha>i=io 
dig. — Palmer. 

Conserue, 91/3, ^- preserve. 

Constancie, 9/23, s. consistency, firm- 
ness. 

Conster, 11 3/34, v. understand. 

Conteemne, IO6/7, v. pr. i. despise. 
Lat. contemnere. 

Continue, 19/35, ^- to breed from, to 
keep up stock from. 

Contrarie, 67/25, v. imp. oppose, con- 
tradict. 

Cooples, 10/6, s. couples, husband and 
wife. 

Coosen, 68/14, ^- cheat, swindle. 
Shakespere's cozen, 

Copie, 47/8, s. coppice. 

Coresie, 19/24, s. annoyance, trouble. 

Cornet plums, 34/7, ^- cornel plums, 
cornel cherries. 

Corneth, 75/8, v. pr. t. preserve and 
season, cure. 

Corps, 53/1, s. body. 

Cost, 32/5, s. coast, country. See Coast. 

Costmarie, 42/4, •''• costmary, called 
also ale-cost, Balsainita vulgaris. 

Cote, 08/11, V. cogitate, reflect. 

Coted, 2/8, V. pt. t. took note of, wrote 
down. " Howe scripture shulde 
be (Ti?/^^ (quoted)." — Skelton, Colin 
Clout, 1. 758. 

Count, 10/21, V. reckon, "be tocounte" 
= be of account, be worth. 

Counterfait, 94/29, '^'^j- counterfeit, 
sham, false. 

Coursest, 06/4, adj. coarsest. 

Court, 86/10, J. account, examination. 

Cousleps, 42/5, s.pl. cowslips. 

Couert, 63/5, ^- covert, underwood. 

Couertlie, 9/5, adv. closely. 

Cowlaske, page 4, s. diarrhoea in cattle. 
See Fletcher's Differences, 1623, 
p. 33. Laske, v. =to relax, slacken. 
See Glossary to " William of 
Palerne," E. E. Text Soc. edit. 
Skeat. 

Coxcombe, 64/i8 ; Coxcome, IO/4S, s. 
The cap of the licensed fool had 
often on the top a cock's head and 



comb and some of the feathers. 
Therefore he " strives for a cox- 
come "=he will only succeed in 
proving his own folly. 
Crabs, I0/17, -f-/^- crab apples. 
Cracketh, IO/37, v. pr. t. half breaks, 

injures. 
Cradle, I7/14, s. "A three-forked in- 
strument of wood, on which the 
corn is caught as it falls from the 
sithe." — T.R. 
Crake, I8/21, v. brag, boast. Dutch 

kraakcn. 
Crakers, 54/4, s. pi. boasters. 
Cram, 11 8/15, v. feed up, satisfy. 
Creake, 47/2, " to cry creak " = " to be 
afraid," " to desist from any object, 
to repent." — Halliwell. 
Credit crackt, 4/i, credit or trust broken. 
Creekes, 49/4, j.//. corners, seek creekes 

= hide herself. 
Creekes, 88/26, s. pi. servants. 
Creepinglie, 9/32, adv. stealthily, by 

degrees. 

Cresies, 40/5, s. cress. Fr. cresson. M. 

Lat. crissonnun from Lat. crescere, 

to grow, " a celeritate crescendi." 

Crome, Xljig, s. "l,ike a dung-rake 

with a very long handle." — T.R. 
Crone, bQI^6,v.imp. pick out the crones, 
i.e. the old ewes. The meaning is, 
weed out your flocks. 
Crones, 12/4, •*"• P^- " Ewes, whose 
teeth are so worn down that they 
can no longer keep their sheep- 
walk."— T.R. 
Crooked, 57/46, adj. deformed. 
Croppers, 18/ 19, s. the best or most 

productive crops. 
Croppers, 1 9/20, s. pi. persons who ex- 
tract crop after crop from the land. 
Crosse, 46/9, s. a cross-piece. 
Crosse, 9/29, v. happen, result un- 
favourably. 
Crosses, 9/29, s. troubles, misfortunes. 
Crosserowe, page 3, s. called also 
Christcrossrow ; the alphabet. "A 
is the name of the first letter in the 
Crosroioe." — Baret's Alvearie. 
Crotch, 51/10, s. "a curved weeding 

tool."— T.R. 
Crotches, 6O/11, s. pi. crutches. A.S. 
cryce. L. Lat. croccia, crucca. H. 
Ger. kriicke. 
Crotchis, 57/51, s. pi. crooks, hooks. 

O. Fr. croc he. 
Crowchmas, 5O/36, s. St. Helen's Day, 



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3rd May, being the feast of the In- 
vention of the Holy Cross. 

Crowe, 46/9, ^- crowbar. 

Cubboord, 89/5, •*"• cupboard. 

Culters, 17/10, s.pl. coulters. 

Cumbersome, 10/ 13, adj. troublesome, 
vexatious, oppressive. 

Cummin, 45/6, s. cumin, a plant re- 
sembling fennel, cultivated for its 
seeds, which have a bitterish warm 
taste, and are used like those of 
anise and carraway. Arabic kam- 
vnhi. Hebrew kavinidn. 

Cunnie, 36/25, s. rabbit. 

Currant, IO/44, adj. current coin, good 
coin. 

Currey, 64*/2, v. gain by flattery. On 
the origin of this phrase see 
" Leaves from a Word-Hunter's 
Note Book," by Rev. A. S. Palmer, 
p. 63. 

Custome, 77/i, s. custom, habit ; of 
customer as a matter of course. 

Curtesie, 9/8, s. courtesy, respect. 



D. 



*Dabblith, 27, v. pr. i. make wet and 
dirty. 

Dads, 95/5, s. pi. fathers. 

Daffadondillies, 43//, s. pi. daffodils. 
Na7'cissiis psetidonarcissiis, Linn. 

Daieth, 62/8, v. pr. t. names some 
future day for payment, i.e. buys on 
credit. 
" The moste part of my debtters have 

honestly payed, 
And they that were not redy I have 
gently dared." 
Wager's Cruell Debter, 1566. 

♦Dainty, 94, adj. difficult, lit. choice, 
excellent. 

Dallops, 54/5, s. pi. " A patch or bit of 
ground lying here and there among 
the corn."— T.R. 57/i7, "Tufts 
of corn such as are commonly seen 
where dung-heaps have stood too 
long, or in shady places." — T.R. 

Damsens, 34/8, s. pi. damsons, con- 
tracted from damascene = th.e Da- 
mascus plum. 

Dank, 22/ii, adj. damp, wet. 

Dare, 2/7, v. pain, grieve. A.S. dam, 
hurt. 

Darnell, 60/1, s. darnel, the plant Lo- 
liiim pei-efine. ' ' Darnell or luraye 
in Englishe also called Raye." — 
Dodoens, Newe Herball, 1578. 



Darth, 68/24, ^- dearth, deamess of 
food, etc. 

*Daunger, 90/8, risk. 

Daw, 99/2, s. simpleton, sluggard. 

Day, 57/8, s. day-work, time-work. 

Dead, 78/4, adj. flat (beer). Cf. " Pallyd, 
as drynke, et?ior(itus.'" — Prompt. 
Parv. 

Deaw, 56/48, s. dew, damp. 

Deckt, IO6/2, //. adorned, beautified. 

Defende, 86/7, v. avoid, prevent. 

Deintily, 19/37, adv. dearly. 

Delaide, 66/7, pp. tempered, mode- 
rated. 

Delue, 21/19, ^- ""/• dig- A.S. delf, del- 
/an= to dig, from Goth. dailjaii = 
to deal, divide. Cf. Ger. thai, 
Eng. dale. 

Deluing, 86/17, pr. p. burrowing. 

Depart, IO/56, v. imp. give away, part 
with. 

Descant, 68/5, v. comment. O. Fr. 
deschanter, from L. Lat. discantare. 

Despaire, 57/lo ; Dispaire, 68/9, s. 
injury, damage. 

Despight, IO6/12, s. despite. 

Det, 113/38, s. debt. 

Detanie, 45/8, s. Dittany or Pepper- 
wurt, apparently a corruption of 
Lat. dictamiiHs, of which Dodoens 
says : — " It is fondly and unlearn- 
edly called in English Dittany. It 
were better in following the Douche- 
men to call it Pepperwurt." — Book 
V. c. 66. Welsh Ddittain. 

Dew-retting, I6/25, s. steeping flax by 
leaving it out all night on the grass. 
See Water-retting. 

Diall, 68/7, J. sundial. 

Dible, 46/24, -f- ^ planting or setting 
stick, a dimin. o\dib =dip and allied 
to tip=is. sharp point. " Debbyll, 
or settyng stycke." — Huloet. 

Dicing, 10/40, s. gambling. 

Didall, 17/19, s. "A triangular spade, 
as sharp as a knife, excellent to 
bank ditches, where the earth is 
light and pestered with a sedgy 
weed." — T.R. 

Dide, 113/11, v. pt. t. died. 

Digest, 11/4, V. quiet, sooth. 

Dight, 28/19, //• prepared, treated. 
A.S. dihtan. 

Dike, 3/7, s. ditch, dike, fence. A.S. 
die. 

Dill, 44/3, s. dill. A.S. dil. Aniheum 
zraveolens. 



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Dippings, 86/3, s. pi. dripping, grease, 
etc., collected by tlie cook. 

Discharge, 08/3, v. i-elieve you of the 
trouble. 

Discurtesy, 9/i9, s. incivility, rudeness. 

Dispaire, ^l ls?ti ^- injure, depreciate. 

Dissurie, II3/26, s. the strangury. 

Distaffe, 67/15, s. distaff. 

Docking the dell, IO/40, dissipation. 
See Grose's Diet. s.v. Dock. 

Docks, 17/11, s. pi. weeds. 

*Dockes, 27, s. pi. ? 

Dole, 33/16, s. share. 

Doles, 48/6, s. pi. boundary marks, 
either a post or a mound of earth ; 
also, a balk or slip of unploughed 
gi-ound. 

Dolt, 33/37, s. stupid, fool. 

Don, IO6/21,//. done. 

Doo of, 33/39, V. imp. get rid of. 

Doong, 19/29, •*■• dung, manure. 

Doong Crone, 17/7, •''• ^- crook or staff 
with hooked end for drawing 
dung. 

Doonged, 53/21, //. dunged, manured. 

Doted, 2/8, v. pt. t. became foolish, was 
silly. Fr. dotter, 7-adoler, to dote, 
rave. — Cotgrave. Cf. Piers Plow- 
man, " Thou doted daffe." 

Doughtful, 114/3, adj. doubtful. 

Douse, 10/7, s. strumpet, prostitute ; 
the same word as Doxy. Halliwell, 
s.v. Douce, quotes this passage, 
and renders douse by " a pat in the 
face," but s.v. Dowse he gives the 
correct meaning. 

Dout, 87/7, •*■• danger, risk, difficulty. 

Doues, 06/24, ■*"• P^- doves, pigeons. 

Dowebake, 79/2, s. dough, underbaked 
bread. 

Drab, 77/5, •''• sloven, loose woman. 

Dragons, 45/7, ■*'• the herb Serpentine, 
Serpentarie, or Dragonwort. 

Dredge, I6/13, s. a mixture of oats and 
barley. " Dragge, menglyd corne 
(drage or mestlyon), inixtio" — 
Prompt. Parv. See Notes. 

Drest, 49/8, //. treated. 

Dreue, 80/42, Driue, 88/42, v. follow 
you up, press you. 

Dreuils, 1 1 8/12, Driuell, 79/i, s. wasters, 
spendthrifts. 

Drift, 10/13, •*■• end, aim, design, 1 18/39, 
course, such drift to make = to drift 
along in such a manner. 

Drines, 58/20, s. dryness. 

Drinke corn, I8/24, s. barley. 



Driping, 80/14, ^- dripping on, keeping 

wet. 
Driue, I6/20, v. drive out of their hives 

for the purpose of taking the honey. 
Droie, 8I/3, s. a drudge, servant. See 

note in Prompt. Parv. s.v. Deye. 
Drousie, 89/4, '''^- the drowsy, the 

sleepy. 
Drout, 14/3, s. drought, dry weather. 
Drowseth, 62/13, v. pi: t. droops, gives 

way. 
Drudge, 7/i, s. slave, mean servant. 
Duck, 55/6, s. docks, dockweed. 
Dun, 82/2, pp. finished, done for. 
Dy, 35/24, s. a die, as close as a dy = 

as close as possible. 



Earthes, 80/50, s. pi. a ploughing. A.S. 
earian. Lat. arare, to plough. In 
the Catholicon Anglicum we find 
" A dayserth or daysardawe,/;^^^'^, 
j'ligerum ." See also Ray and 
Halliwell, s.v. Arders. 

Easeth, 94/9, ''-'• P^'- ^- indulges, pleases. 

Eaw, 67/24, s. ewe. , 

Eb, 14/5, •<■• ebb. A.S. ebba. 

Ech, 57/23, adj. each. 

Edder, 33/13, s. " Such fence wood as 
is commonly put upon the top of 
Fences and binds or interweaves 
each other." — T.R. 

Edish, I8/4, s. stubble after the corn is 
cut. Roughings. • Edisc is an old 
Saxon word signifying sometimes 
f07(gkings, afte>i)iathes. See Glos- 
saries, B 15, B 16, E. D. Soc. 

Edmond, St., 20/12, St. Edmund's Day, 
20th November. 

Eie, 57/9, s. eye, attention. 

Eiebright, 44/5, ^- common eyebright, 
Eicphrasia officinalis, formerly much 
used as a remedy for diseases of 
the eye. 

Eies, 113/4, s. pi. eyes. 

Eke, 66/6, adv. also, too, A.S. eac, ec. 

Elfe, 113/14, ■>■■ creature ; 86/11, a 
servant. 

Elues, 22/3, s. pi. young cattle. 

Embraid, 11 2/7, v. imp. upbraid, abuse. 

Embrings, 1 2/6, s. pi. the Ember-days, 
being the Wednesday, Friday, and' 
Saturday after the first Sunday in 
Lent, the feast of Whitsuntide, the 
14th September, and the 13th 
December. 



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Endiue, 91/2, s. endive. 

Enuite, I6/32, v. invite, call. 

Er, 06/21, adv. ere, before. Er an = 
ere than = before that. 

Erecting, \li,pr.p. sustaining, strength- 
ening. 

Erie, o7/ii ; Ery, I8/17, adj. every. 

Estate, 10/3, s. condition, position. 

Etch, 36/3, •*■• stubble, edish, q.v. 

Exceptions, I9/25, •'"• P^- differences, 
distinctions. 

Exeltred, 17/6, adj. furnished with an 
axle-tree. 

Expulsed, 1/4, V. pt. t. expelled, drove 
away. 

Extolst, 111/6, V. pr. t. praise, extol. 

Ey, 99/2, s. attention, forgetting his 
eye = neglecting his duty by staring 
or gaping about. See Eie. 



F. 



Fall, 35/32, V. pr. t. are born. 

Falleth, 20/i, v. pr. t. falls off, loses 
flesh. 

Fait, 35/43, -f- fault. 

Fansies, 2/13, s. fancies, whims. 

Fare, 2/5, s. treatment. 

Fare, 33/33, ^- farrow, litter. 

Fare, IO/32, v. prosper, fare. A.S. 
far an. 

Famesse, I4/4, s. distance, length. 

Fasting daie, IO/51, s. a day on which 
it was forbidden to eat food of any 
description." 

Fat, I8/34, adj. fattened beasts. 

Fat, 57/54, J-. vat, vessel. 

Fats up, 1 0/28, V. pr. t. fattens up. 

Fautie, 99/2, adj. faulty. 

Fauoreth, 02/24, ^- /''■ ^- help, improve. 

Fay, 77/4, s. faith, word. O. Yx.fei. 

Feaw, 06/48, adj. few, a few. 

Feawe, 50/ 1, adj. little time, while. 
A.S. feawe, few. 

Fees, 33/12, s. pi. pay, reward. 

Feft, 1 1 3/33, //. enfeoffed, endowed. 

Fellovves, 57/9, -f- pl- companions, 
mates. O. Icel. filagi, a com- 
panion. 

Fellowlie. IO/55, adj. friendly, neigh- 
bourly. Cf. 

" ISIine ej-es . . . 
VaW/eilowiy drops." 
Tempest, Act v. sc. i. 64. 
See also Abbot's Shaksperean 
Grammar, § 447. 

Fence, 63/2, s. defence, protection. 



Fenell, 39/13, ^- fennel. /-avz/Wz/ww vul- 
gar e. 

Fennie, 35/44, ^'^J- mouldy, vinewed. 
" Moisi ; mouldy, hoary, vinowed." 
— Cotgrave. 

Ferme, IO/13, s. farm. 

Fermer, 19/ 18, s. farmer. 

Fetches, 64/2, s. pi. tricks, stratagems. 
Harrison, Descript. of Eng., has : 
"it be a vertue to deal without 
anie suspicious yt'/c/zc'j," p. 115, ed. 

1587- 
Fetherfew, 43/9, -f- feverfew. So named 

from its supposed febrifugal quali- 
ties. A.S.fe/er/jigc\ 
Fetters, 17/21, s. pi. chains for the feet. 
Fewell, 50/30, s. fuel. O.Fr. foiiaille, 

from L. Lat. focale, from Lat. 

focus, a hearth. 
Fide, 21/21, pp. purified, cleansed. 
Fie, 20/21, V. cleanse. Icel. fcegja. 

Cf. Gtr. fege7i. 
Fieing, 53/i8, v. cleaning out. 
Feying, " Cleaning a Ditch or Pond, so 

as the water may come clear." — 

T.R. St&Fie. 
Fiemble, 55/8, adj. a corruption of 

female, the female hemp. 
*Fierbote, 65, s. the right to take wood 

for burning. See Peacock's Gloss. 

of Manley andCorringham, E.D.S. 
Filbeards, 34/9, s. pi. filberts. Various 

derivations have been given for this 

word : one, the most probable, 

from full and beard, referring to 

the long beard or husk with which 

it is provided : cf. Ger. bart-nusz 

= bearded 7iut. 
Filbellie, IO/40, s. extravagance in food. 
Filchers, IO/54, s. pi. pilferers. Scot. 

piIk = to pick. "She has pilkit 

his pouch." — Jamieson. 
Filcheth, 63/13, v. pr. t. steals, pilfers. 
*Fildes, 38, s. pi. fields. 
Fisgig, 77/8, s. a worthless fellow : a 

light-heeled wench. — Craven. "A 

fisgig, or fisking housewife, troiiere.''^ 

— Howell, 1660. Still in use in 

Lincolnshire. 
Fishdaie, IO/51, s. a day in which fish 

is allowed to be eaten, but no flesh. 
Fitchis, 53/11, s. pi. tares, vetches. 
Fitly, 92/3, adj. suitable, fit. 
Flacks, 50/16, s. flax. K.S.fleax. O. 

H. Q<tx.flaks. 
Flaies, I8/3 s. pi. flails. 
Flap, 85/7, -f- ^ stroke with the flail. 



Glossary. 



329 



Flawnes, 90/5, ^- P^- " ^ custard, 
generally made in raised paste. Fr. 
flan, a custard or egg-pie." "A 
flawne or custard." — Baret's Al- 
vearie, 1580. 

Fleering, 64/17, ^' /''• /• laughing, 
grinning. ^^"Yo fleer and scorn at 
our solemnity." — Shakspere, Rom. 
and Jul. i. 5. " 1 fleere, I make 
an yvell countenaunce with the 
mouthe by vncoveryng of the tethe." 
— Palsgrave. 

Fleming, 37/22, Flemming, I8/37, s. 
Dutchmen, Dutch coasting traders. 

Flixe, I8/41, s. a flux. 

Floted, 49/1, V. pt. t. skimmed off the 
cream. " Flet, as mylke or other 
lyke, despicmatus.'''' — Prompt. Parv. 
^^ Escreme, fleeted as milk." — 
Cotgrave. 

*Flotte, Tlje, pp. skimmed. 

Flower, 52/14, ^- ? floor. 

Flower armor, 43/io, s. The "floure 
gentill or purple velvet floure." — 
Lyte's Dodoens, p. 168. Fr. 
Floranior, in Cotgrave la tzoble 
fleiir, from its resemblance to the 
plumes worn by people of rank. 
Amaranihus tricolor. 

Flower gentle, 43/12, s. a species of 
Amaranth. Amaranthiis spinosa. 

Flower de luce, 43/ll, s. Iris, or flower- 
de-luce. Fr. fleur-de-lis. A plant 
of the genus Iris, in particular Iris 
pseiidacortis, the yellov/ Iris or 
water flag. 

Foison, 35/4 ; Foyzon, II3/37, s. plenty. 
" Foyzon is winter food." — T.R. 
Fr. foison, from Lat. fnsionem, 
from f under e. Cotgrave gives 
*' Foison: f. store, plentie, abund- 
ance, great fuUnesse, enough." The 
word still exists in the Scoich. foison 
or fusion, and the z.d]. fusionless or 
fissenless. Forby explains it as 
" Succulency, natural nutritive 
moisture," as e.g. "there is no 
foison in this hay." 

Foistines, 57/5 '■> Foistnes, 21/5 ; Foysti- 
nes, 20/5, s. mustiness, mould. O. 
Fr. fust, a cask, fuste, tasting or 
smelling of the cask, musty. 

Foisty, 19/39, adj. musty. 

Fondlie, IO/26 ; Fondly, 67/9, ^'^'^■ 
foolishly. Fon=io play the fool. 
Jamieson, Scott. Diet. 

For, 9/9, prep, in spite of, regardless of. 



For, 9/18. Here and in numerous in- 
stances in Tusser for means ' ' for 
fear of," " to prevent." 

Forbearer, 13/3, •*'• one who refuses. 

Forborne, 13/2, pp. withheld, refused. 

*Forehorse, 94, s. one who is always 
in advance with his work, never 
behindhand ; the opposite to a 
procrastinator. 

Forke, 22/9, s. pitchfork, hayfork. 

*Fornight, 51, s. a fortnight. 

Forrough, I6/15, s. furrow. A.^.furh. 

Foyson, 10/6, s. plenty. See Foison. 

Fough, 102/5, interject, faugh ! phew ! 
an exclamation. 

Fraid, 2/8, v. pt. t. frightened, made 
afraid. 

Fraie, 53/22, s. quarrel, fray. 

Fraight, II3/24, s. freight, cargo. 

Frailnesse, 10/62, s. frailty, uncertainty. 

Frame, 57/i, v. make. 

Framed, 2/15,//. arranged, composed. 

Fransie, 88/4, s. madness. 

Fraud, 62/15, v. obtain by fraud. 

Fraughf, 64/5, PP- Ifiden, freighted. 

Fray, 77/4, ^- disturbance, trouble. 

Freat, 23/2, v. imp. be vexed. 

Freat, 51/ii, v. damage, decay, eat 
away. 

" As doth an hidden moth 
The inner garmentTO^^." 

Spenser Faery Queene, ii. 34. 
See Wedgwood's Diet. s.v. Fret. 

Freeseth, 35/i, v. pr. t. freezes. A. S. 
freosan. O. Icel.' friosa. Dan. 
fryse. 

Frier, 86/14, s. friar. 

Fritters, 9O/3 s. pi. small pancakes with 
apples in them. " Frytoure, la- 
gana (a pancake)." — Prompt. Parv. 
"A fritter or pancake; a kind of 
bread for children, SlS fritters and 
wafers." — Baret's Alvearie, 1580. 

Froth, 35/3, adj. tender, perhaps origi- 
nally = pulpy. 

Frower, 17/8, s. a frow, an iron instru- 
ment for rending or splitting laths. 
Also called Fromuiard. 

Fumetorie, 44/7 > Fumentorie, 91/3, •^■ 
Fumitory. Fumaria officinalis, so 
called from its rank disagreeable 
smell : formerly used as an anti- 
scorbutic : it is called erthesmok 
[earthsmoke] in MS. Sloane 5, f. 5. 

Furmentie pot, 90/7, •*'■ hulled wheat 
boiled in milk, and seasoned with 
cinnamon, sugar, etc. See note. 



330 



Glossary. 



Gadding, IO/51, v. going about gossip- 
ping. 

Gaffe, '22 '18, v. man, gaffer. "For- 
merly a common mode of address, 
equivalent io friend, neighbour." — 
Halliwell. 

Gage, 9-1 13, s. pawn, sweepeth to gage 
= hurries to pledge or place in 
pawn. 

*Gage, 53, v. assert, maintain. 

Galling, 57/31, v. causing sore or bare 
places. 

Gallond, I9/42, s. gallon. 

Gap, 113/20, s. an opening, cause. 

Gaping, 57/45, P^- /• being greedy, 
grasping. 

Garlike, 21/i2, s. garlic. 

Garmander, 42/8, s. germander. Fr. 
gafnandree, from Lat. chamadrys. 

(iarsong, 33/41, s. boy, lad. Fr. ga7-fon. 

Gasing, 99/i, /;-./. gazing, staring. 

Gate, 64/17, ^- walk, gait. 

Gayler, 86/11, s. guardian, housekeeper. 

Geanie, 2/6, adj. profitable, useful. 
A. S. g^gn, fit, suitable. Robert 
de Brunne in his History of England, 
3376, has, "a geiner way"=a 
more direct advantageous way. 
Scot, gane, fit, useful. Lane. 
gainest way = the shortest cut. 

Geld, 15/17, ^- castrate, spay. 

*Gentiles, 17, s. pi. gentle-folk. 

Gentilie, 9/14, adv. kindly, with proper 
respect. 

Gentils, 49/(r, s.pl. gentles, maggots. 

Gentlenes, IO2/7, s. gentlemanly man- 
ners. 

Gently, IO2/7, adv. as gentlemen, in a 
gentlemanly manner. 

Gentrie, II3/33, s. true nobility. 

Gesse, 113/i, v. imp. guess, believe. 

Gest, 4/2, s. a guest. A.S. gest. 

Get, 9/5, V. earn. 

Gettings, 9/5, s. earnings. 

Giddie braine, IO/23, adj. giddy, un- 
steady. 

Giles, 11 3/1 8, s.pl. traps, deceits. 

Gillet, 50/30, s. lad. Q7i&\.gtlle, giolla, 
a lad. Halliwell gives " an instru- 
ment for thatching " as the mean- 
ing in this passage, but why, I do 
not know. 

Gillian spendal, 23/ 18, wasteful, care- 
less housekeeper. 



Giloflowers, I5/42, s. pi. carnations, 
pinks. Fr. giroflee, from Lat. ca- 
ryophylliis, a clove, from the clove- 
like smell of the flowers. — Wedg- 
wood. 

Gin, 10/19, ■f- trap. 

Ginnes, IO6/22, s. pi. means, contri- 
vances. 

Ginnie, 90/5, Jenny. 

Ginny, 33/38, s. a name for a filly. 
Mavor reads J illy. 

Gise, 97/4, s. fashion, way. 

Gloues, 57/9, s. pi. gloves. 

God night, I8/49. A phrase equivalent 
to "it is all over," " it is too late. 

Goef, 55/4, s. the stack or rick. 

Goeler, 46/4, adj. " The Goeler is the 
yellower, which are the best setts, 
old roots (of hops) being red." — 
T.R. K.S. geole-cue. 

Gofe. 56/20, s. rick, stack. In Addit. 
MS. 1295, a Lat. Eng. Vocab. 
written in Norfolk in the 15th 
century, occur " Gelimo, to golue, 
Ifigelitnum, golfe." Palsgrave gives 
" a gotdfe of come." 

Gofe ladder, 17/i, s. z. ladder for hay 
ricks. 

Gole, 114/3, ^- goal, prize. 

Goom, 33/59, s. gum. 

Goordes, 41/5, ^- P^- gourds. Lat. cii- 
airbita. 

Gossep, 94/7, s. gossips, companions. 

Got, 113/16,//. caught. 

Gotten, 10/4, pp. earned, acquired. 

Gould, 3/3, s. gold, money. 

Goue, bljio, pp. laid up in the bam in 
the straw. Another form of Goaf. 
" Goidfe of corne, so moche as 
may lye betwene two postes." — 
Palsgrave. Dan. gulve = to lay 
com sheaves on the floor, from 
Dan. gulv, a floor. 

Gouing, ol J2T„ V. laying up in the barn 
in the straw. See Goue. 

Grafting, 46/io, s. grafting. O. Fr. 
grafe, from 'LaX.graphiian, a pencil, 
from the resemblance of the graft 
to a pointed pencil. 

Grassebeefe, 12/4, s. beef of an ox 
fattened upon grass. 

Grate, IO/29, s. prison (grating). 

Greaseth, 68/2, v. pr. t. bribes, en- 
riches. 

Great, 57/8, by great = task or piece- 
work, in contradistinction to day- 
work. 



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331 



Greedie gainful!, 2/13, adj. greedy for 
gain. 

Greefe, 89/8, s. trouble, worry. 

Gregorie, 46/2. St. Gregory's Day, 
1 2th March. 

Grinstone, 17/8, s. grindstone. 

Gromel, 45/9, •*■• the plant Gromwell. 
Lithospermum arvense, Linn. 

Grosest, 19/i8, adj. heaviest, thickest, 
Fr. gros. 

Grosse, 18/ 18, adj. coarse. 

Grossum caput, 95/ 1, a blockhead, 
stupid. 

Grotes, 88/46, s. pi. money (groats). 
L, Ger. givt = a large piece (of 
money), so called because before 
this coin was issued by Edward 
III., the English had no larger silver 
coin than the penny. 

Gruch, 57/19 ; Grutch, 86/2, ?a grudge. 
O. Fr. gronchier, to grumble. 

Grutching, 10/8, s. grumbling. 

Guise, 89/12, *Guyse, -5, s. habit, custom. 

Gunstone, IO/19, j-. a ball of stone, used 
in heavy artillery before the intro- 
duction of iron shot. — Nares' Gloss. 

Gutted, 46/4, //• taken off from the old 
roots. 

*Gutting, 27, V. cutting up, making 
ruts in. 

H. 

Haberden, 23/i2, s. " that kind of cod 
which is usually salted." — Nares. 
? Aberdeen haddocks. 

Hacking, 53/ 15, v. hewing down, cut- 
ting of trees. 

Had I wist, 77/8, lit. " had I known :" 
foole had I wist = foolish and use- 
less regrets. 

*Haft, 60, V. imp. "Act like a miser, 
be a niggard. The sentence then 
reads ' Be not niggardly towards 
God of the goods He sends you.' 
Haft, to grasp (an extension of the 
verb to have), and hence to save, 
be a niggard, is preserved in ha/ier, 
a miser, saver ; which see in my 
Notes to P. plowman, 1. 197, p. 
117. See nine examples of this 
word in Skelton, ed. Dyce, li. 108." 
—Note by Rev. W. W. Skeat. 
The word, however, seems to bear 
even a stronger meaning, for 
Cooper, in his "Thesaurus," 1584, 
has " Caiiilla, a mocke, a scoffe, 



an haftyng question, a cauill." The 
words "haft not to godward " thus 
may mean "do not gi-umble at, 
find fault with, or question the 
justice of what God sends you." 

Haie, 68/24, -f- hay. A.S. haga. 

Haier, 57/5 1» •*'• cloth made of goats' hair. 

Haile, I5/34, adj. sound, strong. A.S. 
h&l. 

Hailoft, 89/6, s. hay-lofts. 

Haithorne, 84/28, s. hawthorn. A.S. 
kaga\o>'n from /ia^a= hedge, haw. 
Ger. hagedorn. 

Hallomas, 23/ 1, s. the Feast of All 
Saints. Hallowmas, i.e. All Saints' 
Day, Nov. i, was, in Tusser's time, 
ten days nearer the winter solstice 
than now. 

Hallontide, 21/i. All Saints' Day, ist 
November. 

Handsome, 48/i8, adj. useful, ready, 
handy. A.S. hand, hand, the hand. 
Prompt. Parv. gives "handsum, 
7na!ittalis.'" 

Handsomly, 2I/24, adv. neatly, trimly. 

Hardhead, 71/4, adj. hardy, brave. 

Hardlie, IO/50, adv. with difficulty. 

Harlots, 74/4, s. pi. tramps, vagrants, 
or disreputable characters of either 
sex. "An harlott, balator, riisti- 
ctis." — Cathol. Anglicum. 

Harmes, 16/ 15, s. in harm's way, in 
danger. 

Harolds Booke, II8/11, j-.//.the Books 
of the College of Heralds. 

Hart, 19/13, •*■• strength, fertility. 

Harted, 48/i7, //. provided with a 
good heart, or, as we should now 
say, a good bottom ; strengthened. 

*Harthe, 65, s. hearth. 

Hartilie, IO/55, adj. hearty. 

Hartstong, 45/io, s. the Heartstongue, 
Ceterach Ojffici7taruf>!, so called from 
the shape of the frond. 

Hastings, I8/32, s. pi. an early variety 
of peas, " soone ripe, soone rotten." 
— D. Rogers' Naaman. 

Hauke, 06/44, s. hawking, falconry. 

Haunt, 67/14, V. follow, pursue, be 
accustomed. O. Fr. hauler, to 
pursue. 

Haunting, I6/31, adj. frequenting, in 
the habit of coming. 

Hauocke, 77/3, ■''■ havoc, waste. 

Hawe, 86/13, -f the berries of the haw- 
thorn, hips. 

Hawme, 55/14, s. haulm, straw. 



332 



Glossary. 



" Haulm, straw left in an esh or 
gratten ; stubble, thatch. Sax. 
hailme, culmus, calamus. Icel. hal- 
Ts\m, palca.'" — Bish. Kennett's MS. 
Ray gives " haulm or helm, stubble 
gathered after the com is inned." 

Hazard, 23/ii, s. danger. 

Heale, 19/ '37, v. to recover, be cured. 

Healthsom, 11/8, adj. healthy, invigo- 
rating. 

*Heare, 41, s. hair. 

Hearesaie, 2/ 10, s. hearsay, report. 

Hearie, 49/;, adj. hairy, full of hairs. 
A.S. hlkr. O. Icel. hdr, hair. 

Heate, 76/2, pp. heated, hot. 

Heawers, 47/8, s. pi. woodcutters. A.S. 
heawan, to cut. 

Hed, 89/9, s. head, mind. 

Hedlonds, 52/i7, s. pi. headlands. 

Hew, 112/1, J. colour, "changed hew" 
= have changed, become unfavour- 
able. 

Hew prowler, 35/25. " Hugh Prowler 
is our Author's name for a night- 
walker."— T.R. 

Hid, 2/1 1, s. care, heed. A.S. hedati. 

Hier, 28/9, s. business, duty. 

Hight, 113/3, v.pt. Awas called, named. 
O. Eng. higt, kigie. A.S. hdite 
from ha/an, to call, name. 

Hilback, IO/40, s. cover back, i.e. 
clothes, extravagance in dress. 
Kennett, MS. Lansdowne 1033. — 
Hallivvell.A.S./«7a«,/i£7««,tocover. 

Hindring, 88/3, v. injuring, damaging. 

Hir, Zol^i, poss. pr. their. A.S. keor. 

Hobbard de Hoy, 6O/3, s. a lad ap- 
proaching manhood. " Hober-de- 
hoy, half a man and half a boy." — 
Ray's Gloss. 

Hogscote, 17/21, s. a pen or sty for hogs. 

Holds, 33/40, V. pr. t. equals, gains 
equal. 

Holiokes, 43/15, ^- P^- hollyhocks. 
A.S. holihoc. 

Homelie, I/2, adj. plain, homely, un- 
pretending. 

Hone, 46/9, -f- "a common rubber or 
whetstone."— T.R. 

Honie, IO6/4, adj. sweet. 

Horehound, 4o/ii, s. horehound. A.S. 
hara-hicne, or possibly a corruption 
of Lat. ii7-inaria, the plant being 
considered a sovereign remedy in 
cases of strangury and dysuria. 

Horselock, 17/21, s. shackles for horses' 
feet. 



Horseteeme, 17/io, s. team of horses. 

Hostis, 10/8, s. pi. entertainers. 

Househokiry, 9/ii, s. furniture and 
articles for domestic use. 

Houell, 52/8, s. barn, outhouse. 

Houen, 49/4, //• swelled. A.S. hebban, 
hefan (pp. ho/en), to heave, raise. 
O. H. Ger. hevan. 

Hower, IO7/4, s. hour. 

Howse, ^7 12,1, v. i?np. house. 

Hoy, 57/13, V. imp. drag, frighten, 
drive away by crying, " hoy, hoy ! " 

Hull, 36/23, -f- holly. 

Huluer, 48/io, s. holly. O. Icel. /nd/r. 

Hurtilberies, 34/i3, s. pi. the hurtle- 
berry or whortleberry, bilberry. 

Hutch, 10/47, ■*'• money chest or box. 
A.S. k70cTcca = c\\tii\., an unautho- 
rised (? invented) form, due to 
Somner. O. Fr. hoiiche. 



*Iayle, 88, s. a gaol, prison. 

Ictus sapit, 2/8. Lat. Prov. See Notes. 

Indian eie, 43/i6, s. the Pink, so called 

from the eye-shaped marking of 

the corolla. 
Inholder, 97/i, s. innkeeper. 
Inned, 23/19, //. saved, housed. 
Intreating, 88/5, s. treatment. 
Invest, 11/8, v. surround. 
Ise, 111/2, s. ice. 
Isop, 42/9, s. hyssop. A name assigned 

in the Authorised Version of the 

Bible to the caper. 
1st, 5/3, is it. 
luie, 50/6, *Iuye, 42, s. ivy. A.S. ijig- 



J- 



Jack, 17/20, s. a horse or wooden frame 
upon which wood is sawn. 

Jack, 85/io, s. a drinking vessel con- 
taining half a pint according to 
Grose, and quarter of a pint accord- 
ing to Pegge, and Peacock's Gloss, 
of Manley and Corringhani. 

Jade, 17/3, s. an ill-tempered horse. 

Janting, 87/3, ^- driving. Cotgrave 
gives another form of the word in 
English. '■^lancer vn cheval. To 
stirre a horse in the stable till hee 
sweat withall ; or (as our) to iaunt ; 
an old word." "Jaunt" is found 
in Romeo and Juliet, ii. 5, 26, 



Glossary. 



333 



" What z. jaunt have I had ! " and 

in line 53 of the same scene : 

" To catch my death with jaunting up 

and down." 
Cf. also Richard II. v. 5, 94. 

Jarring, 88/3, s. quarrelling, scolding. 

Jerke, 64*/9, s. stroke, blow. See Yei-ke. 

Jet, 1 13/38, V. strut about, walk proudly. 
Fr. jetter. 
" Along the streetes as he doth jetting 

passe, 
His outside showes him for an inward 

asse." 
Rowland's Knave of Hearts, 1613. 

Jettie, 68/1, V. walk or strut about. 

Jobbing, Zlliz, v. pecking. "As an 
ass with a galled back was feeding 
in a meadow, a raven pitched upon 
him, and their sate Jobbing of the 
sore." — L'Estrange's Esop. 

John Baptist, 12/4. The feast of St. 
John the Baptist, 24th June. 

Jornie, 07/38, v.p7: t. go on a journey, 
start. 

Just, 57/10, adv. neatly, trimly. 



Karle hempe, 1 5/24, s. the male hemp. 
See Glossary of Manley and Cor- 
ringham (E. D. Soc. No. VI.), by 
E. Peacock. 

Keies, 89/3, s. pi. keys, locks. 

Kell, 57j^i, s. hop-kiln. 

Kerue, 11 3/32, v. (carve), set out, 
arrange. 

Kest, 11/3, v. imp. cast, turn. 

Kiffe, 10/30, s. kith, kindred, relations. 

Kinde, 46/20, s. nature, natural way. 
A.S. cynd. 

JCirnels, o&jiT,, s. pi pips, seeds. A.S. 
cyrnel. 

Knacker, 58/5, ^- ^ c^'"^ collar and 
harness maker, chiefly employed 
by farmers. 

Knackes, 86/7, s.pl. knickknacks, trifles. 

Knap, 80/11, z/. i»i/>. rap, knock. 

Knauerie, 8/13, s. roguery, craft, deceit. 

Knede, 74/5, v. imp. knead. A.S. 
cnedan. O. H. Ger. chnetan. 

Kniueles, 98/i, adj. having no knives. 
"When knives were not laid for 
the guests, as at the present period, 
they would use their daggers to 
carve with, which were harmless 
as to any other purpose."— Mavor. 

Knot, 22/22, s. flower-beds laid out in 
fanciful shapes. See Bacon's Essay 



Of Gardens, ed. W. A. Wright, 
p. 189: "As for the making of 
knots, or figures, with divers 
coloured earths, that they may 
lie under the windowes of the 
house, on that side, which the 
gai-den stands, they be but toyes." 
Compare also Love's Labour's Lost, 
i. I, 249 : " Thy z\xx\<:)\\.%-knotted 
garden ; " and Milton's Paradise 
Lost, iv. 242 : 
" Flowers worthy of Paradise, which not 

nice art 
In beds and curious knots, but nature 

boon 
Pour'd forth profuse." 
And Shakspere, Richard II. iii. 
4, 46. 
Knotted, 42/13, ^^- jointed. "The 
knotted rush-ringes, and gilte Rose- 
maree." — Spenser, Shep, Cal. 
November. 



L. 



Lackey, 87/3, ^- servant, messenger. 
Lag, 20/15, v. pr. t. pilfer, steal. 
Lagged, 36/25, PP- caught. 
Laggoose, 86/4, s. laggard, lazy. 
Laie, 4/i, 9/32, v. plan, intend, purpose. 
Laie, 35/46, Lay, 30/48, s. untilled land, 

grass land, lea. 
Laier, 68/4, s. soil, ground. 
Laier, 'l^jz"], s. beds, litter. 
Lammas, 0O/36, s. Lammas Day, the 

1st August. A.S. hlafmaesse. O. 

Eng. loafmas, the bread-feast or 

feast of first fruits. 
Lamming, 35/21, s. lambing. 
Lams, 51/i, s. lambs. 
Langdebiefe, 39/i6, s. Wild bugloss. 

See Mr. Britten's note, p. 266. 
Larkes foot, 43/i8, s. Larkspur, or 

Larksclaw. Dclphininm, Linn. 
Lash, 63/20, s. dirt, mud ; leaue in the 

lash = leave in the lurch, or, per- 
haps, in the snare, trap. See next 

word. 
Lash, 10/15, ^- the leash in which an 

animal is caught or held, hence 

" to nm in the lash " = to fall into 

the snare. 
Lasheth, 23/i8, v. pr. t. lavisheth, 

wastes. 
Lashinglie, 9/6, adv. lavishly, freely. 
Lash out, 9/6, v. lavish, spend. 
Laster, 80/10, s. is no laster = will not 

or does not last, i.e. is soon broken. 



334 



Glossary. 



Launders, 83/2, s. pi. washers, laun- 
dresses. 

Lauender cotten, 42/i2, s. the Garden 
cypres, Chamiecyparissiis. — -Lyte's 
Dodoens, ed. 1578, p. 29. 

Lauender spike, 42; 11, s. spike laven- 
der, Lavaiidida spica, from M. Lat. 
lave lid nla, from /(iz/a;v= to wash, as 
being the plant used to scent newly- 
washed linen, whence the expres- 
sion of " laid up in lavender." The 
essential oil distilled from this 
plant, which is nearly allied to the 
common Lavender, is called in 
French Essence d'Aspic, and in 
English Oil of Spike. It is used 
in porcelain painting and in veteri- 
nary medicine. See Pharmaco- 
graphia, p. 430. 

Lawe, 06/2, s. rule, for a lawe = as a rule. 

Laxe, 19/41, s. looseness, diarrhoea. 
See Cowlaske. 

Lay, 10/60, V. pr. t. plan, try. 

Lay land, 33/49, s. untilled lands. " Lay 
lande, terre nonvellement labouree.''' 
— Palsgrave. 

Lead, 06/14, s. a cauldron, copper, or 
kettle. Gaelic luchd=2i pot, kettle. 
" That stemede as a fomeys of a 
leede." — Chaucer, Prologue to C. T. 
1. 202. " Make \q broys in j'e 
led.'" — Havelok, ed. Skeat, 924. 

Lease, 33/49, s. a pasture. " A lease is 
a name used in some countries for 
a small piece of ground of two or 
three acres." — T. R. O.K. leswen, 
to pasture, from A.S. Ic^su, a 
pasture, Id-swlan, to pasture. 

Leaueled, 46/7, //• levelled, measured. 

Leauens, 89/io, s. pi. the barm and 
meal laid together for fermentation: 
lo lay the leavens or leavattce = \.o 
put them together for that purpose. 
See Halliwell, s.v. Leavance. 

Leese, 06/47, ^- l''np- lose, miss. 

Leete, 86/10, s. a manor court. 

Lemmans, 40/2a, j.//. lemons. Arabic 
lainiihi. 

Lent stuffe, 56/36, s. provisions for Lent. 

Lesse, 2/8, s. lease, term. Fr. lais, 
laisset7ient, the lease or instrument 
by which a holding of any kind is 
let (/alsse) to a tenant. 

Let, o7/5o> -f- hindrance, obstacle. 

Letted, 23/2, //. hindered, delayed. 

Lettis, 39/18, s. lettuce. Lat. lectuca, 
from Greek 7oAa, gen. 7aAoKTos, 



milk, and exw, to contain, through 
lattoKce, an older form (still retained 
in Scotland). 

" Letuce of lac derivyed is perchaunce ; 
Ffor mylk it hath or yeveth abundaunce." 
Palladius on Husbondrie, E. E. 
Text Soc. ed. Lodge, 0I/216. 

Leuer, 0O/9, adv. sooner, rather. A.S. 
leofer. 

Lick, 23/6, v. lick themselves. 

Licoras, 40/13, •''• liquoras. 

Licour, 22/23, •*■• water, drink. 

Lide, 113/3, "^'^ pi- t- lay, was situate. 

Lie in the dust, IO/32, cease, be done 
away with. 

Lieng alonge, I9/25, lying at a distance. 

Linage, 113/3, ^- lineage, family. 

Lightly, 46/20, adv. easily. 

Likest, 35/34, adj. most likely, pro- 
mising. 

Lillium cum-vallium, 43/20, s. Lily of 
the valley, or Lily-convally. Lat. 
Lilimn convallhim, a name taken 
from Canticles ii. I, "I am the 
lily of the valleys." 

Line, 17/5, ^- rope 1,?). 

Ling, 57/36, s. a fish {Lota molva) re- 
sembling a cod, but longer and 
more slender. When salted, it is 
extensively used for food in Scot- 
land and Ireland. Fr. lingue, 
O. Dutch, lingke. 

Linne, 97/3, •''■ the town of Lynn. "To 
purchase Lynn" seems to have been 
a proverbial mode of expression 
used in ridicule of stinginess. — 
Mavor. 

Linnen, 94/13, -f- linen. 

Litherly, 85/8, adj. lazy, idle. 

Lively spide, 3/2, quickly seen. 

Liuerwort, 39/20, s. so called from the 
liver shape of the thallus. Lyte 
(Dodoens, ed. 1587, p. 411) tells us 
it is "a sovereign medicine against 
the heate and inflammation of the 
liver." 

Loiterers, 2/6, s. pi. hangers on, depen- 
dents. 

*Lone, 10, J. a loan, grant from God. 

Longing, 16/IO, s. desire, what it re- 
quires. 

Longwort, 39/ 19, s. lungwort, Pulmo- 
naria maculosa. 

Looke, o/i, 10/4, V. look for, seek, 
expect. 

Loose, 57/22, -'. /;-. /. lose, waste. 

Lop, 33/13, s. the faggot wood of a tree. 



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Lordlie, 11 2/3, adv. to live in a lordly 
or grand style. 

Losels, 63/12, s. pi. worthless, aban- 
doned fellows. Prompt. Parv. has 
" Lorel or losel, or ludene, liirco." 

Louage, 45/ 12, s. Lovage. Ltgusticum 
Scoticum, Linn. 

Lowe, 23/24, adj. not advanced, if 
Spring is taken to mean the season ; 
or, not grown up, if Spring is the 
young grass. 

Lowe, 63/ii, adv. low, feeding so lowe 
= to allow the flocks to eat the 
pasture too low or short. 

Lower, 2O/17, v. scowl, look discon- 
tented. 

Lubberlie, 9/i6, rt^". lazy, idle. "Thither 
this lushing lubber softly creeped." 
To7n Tel TrotlCs Alessage, New 
Shak. Soc. ed. F. J. Furnivall, 
p. 128. "Baligaut, tn. an vnweldie 
lubber, great lobcocke, huge luske, 
mishapen lowt, ill-fauoured flaber- 
gullion." — Cotgrave. 

Lubbers, ol I22, s. pi. louts, awkward 
fellows. Welsh Hob = a heavy 
lump, llabi = a looby. Gaelic 
leobhair — a lubber. — Wedgwood. 

Lug, 87/4, V. drag, draw. 

Lurched, 22>It^, pp. robbed of their food, 
being left in the lurch. 

Lurching, 88/7, s. greediness. L. Lat. 
lurcare, to swallow food greedily. 
"To lurch, devour, or eate greadily, 
ittgiirgito.'" — -Baret's Alvearie. Cf. 
Bacon's Essays, xlv. 

Lurke, 86/1, v. idle, loiter about. 

Lurketh, 62/9, v. pr. t. lounge, dawdle 
about. The same as Lusk. Har- 
man, p. 82, speaks of " lewtering 
luskes and lazy lorrels." 

Lust, 15/ 10, s. desire. 

Lustie, 6O/5, adj. strong, lusty. 

M. 

Mads, 50/4, s. pi. maggots, worms. 

Another form of moth. 
Magget the py, 49/9, the magpie. See 

note. 
Maides, 90/3, ^- P^- maidens, girls. 
Maierom, 42/13, ^- marjoram, from 

Lat. majorana, with the change of 

n to VI, as in "Holm, Lime," etc. 
Maine, 19/17, adj.=meint, i.e. mixed 

wheat. See Mung or muncorn in 

HalUweU. 



Mainecombe, 17/3, ^- a comb for horses' 

manes. 
Maine sea, I4/4, the ocean, the high 

sea. Cf. the e.xpression " the 

Spanish main." 
Male, 102/4, s. mail-bag, portmanteau, 

or sack. 
Mallow, 33/6, s. the field mallow. 
Mams, 95/5, ^- pi- mothers, mammas. 
Manerly, 85/ii, adj. polite, decent. 
Mar, 95/2, V. spoil, ruin. 
*Marefoles, 53, s. pi. fillies. 
Marke, 11 1 IT, s. marking tool. 
Marres, 2O/14, v. pr. t. spoils, interrupts. 
Marrow, 57/40, j. a mate, companion. 

"JNIarvve, or felawe yn trauayle or 

mate, socius, cotnpar, sodalls." 

—Prompt. Parv. See Towneley 

Mysteries, p. no, and quotations 

in Craven Glossary and Jamieson. 
Marsh men, I7/19, s. pi. farmers in the 

fen and marshy country. 
Martilmas, 12/3. The feast of St. 

Martin, nth November. See Notes. 
Mast, 63/5, ^- the fruit of the oak and 

beech and other forest trees. A.S. 

m/esl. Ger. masl, from Gothic 

maian, to nourish. 
Mastlin, 63/23, -f- mixed corn. See 

Mestlin. 
Mates, 113/30, s. pi. companions. 
Mawdlin, 49/r, s. Magdalene. 
Mawdelin, 42/14, •>■• Maudlin. Balsamita 

foeminea. — Gerard's Herball. 
Meade, 63/3, s. meadow. A.S. lUccd, 

meadu, genitive, meadewes. 
Meake, I7/14, s. "a hook at the end 

of a handle five foot long." — T.R. 

"A nieag or mcak, a pease-hook." 

— Ray. Also in Coles' Diet. 1676. 
Meane, 11 3/25, s. means, help. 
Meanie, 2/6, adj. many. 
Measlmg, I6/23, becoming measly. 

" Masyl or mazil, sekenesse." — 

Prompt. Parv. 
Measure, 68/9, v. be moderate, be 

within measure. 
Meated, 17/i2, //. fed. 
Meateth, 62/7, v. pr. i. feeds, supports. 
Medcin, 33/19, •f- medicine. 
Meedeful, 87/7, adj. thankful. 
Meedes, IO6/4, s. pi. meadows. See 

Meade. 
Mendbreech, 89/6, s. one who sits up 

late at night to mend his clothes. 
Mercuric, 39/22, s. Mercury, or Good 

King Henry, is largely grown by 



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Glossary. 



cottagers in Lincolnshire. This 
plant, the Cheiiopodiiim bonus hen- 
ricus of botanists, bears tender 
young leaves resembling spinach, 
which, when cooked, are but little 
inferior in flavour to the finest 
asparagus. It is a robust-giovving 
perennial, and, when once planted 
in deep, rich soil, requires no 
further cultural attention than a 
dressing of well-decomposed ma- 
nure during the winter. 

Mestlen, 37/21, s. a mixture of wheat 
and rye. " Mastihone, bigennat, 
viixtilio. " — Cath. Ang. '^ Framois, 
meslin of oats and barlie mixed." 
" Meteil, messling or misslin, wheat 
and rie mingled." — Cotgrave. 

Mew, 36/26, s. a cage for moulting. 

Michel, 33/22, IMihel, 67/25, Mihell, 
12/4, s. Michaelmas. The feast of 
St. Michael and All Angels, 29th 
September. 

Michers, 10/ 15, s. pi. lurking thieves, 
skulkers. " Mecher, a lytell thefe, 
laronccau.^'' — Palsgrave. Now com- 
mon as a term for a truant. Cf. 
Shak. I Henry IV. ii. 4: "Shall 
the blessed sun of heaven prove a 
micJier and eat blackberries." 

Mickle, 68/1, adj. great, much. 

Mier, IO7/4, s. mire, filth. A.S. viyre. 

*Mier, 38, Mierie, II3/27, adj. filthy, 
muddy. 

Mihelmas, 57/44, Michaelmas. 

*Millons, Tile, s. pi. melons. See 
Musk Million. 

Mind, 68/5, V. notice, comment on. 

Mind, 63/i, v. pr. t. intend, have in 
mind, wish. 

Minion, 66/4, adj. pleasant, agreeable, 
favourite. Fr. miguon. L. Lat. mig- 
nojtdits, g7atissi??ins, minna, love. 

Minnekin, IO/20, adj. little, perhaps 
with the idea of the modern con- 
tracted form ' ' minx." 

Miring, 23/3, ^- being stuck in bogs. 

Mis, 16/8, V. want, Vjc without. 

Mischiefe, 23/4, v. hurt, injure. 

Mischieued, IO/36, adj. unfortunate, 
ruined. 

Misdeeme, 30/3, ^- misjudge. A.S. 
deman, to judge. 

Mislike, 23/i6, 7>. displease, not suit. 

Mistle, 33/12, J. mistletoe. A.S. tnisiel. 
O.H. Ger. niistil. 

Mitch, 17/17, adj. large. 



Mite, 63/20, s. the smallest piece. A.S- 
mite. 

Mo, 33/57, adj. more, others. A.S. m&. 

Moether, I7/13, Mother, I6/14, s. a 
girl. A woman and her mawther 
= a woman and her daughter. 
" Moder, servaunte or wench." — 
Prompt. Parv. 

Mogwort, 45/15, s.v^M^woxi., Artemisia 
vulgaris, Linn. 

Moile, 4/1, V. to work hard, drudge. 
Lat. moliri, to struggle. " In the 
earth we moile with hunger, care 
and paine. " — Mirror for Magist. 
ed. 1610. 

Molding, 55/4, V. becoming musty, or 
mouldy. 

Mome, 62/3, ^- blockhead, fool. " A 
gull, a ninny, a monie?'' — Florio, 
p. 81. "A youth will play the 
wanton, and an olde man proove a 
mome." — Drayton, Skeltoniad. 

Mone, 67/l, s. complaint, lamentation. 

Mooueth, 94/7, v.pr. t. moves or exerts 
herself, plans. 

Mother, 16/ 14, s. a girl. See Moether. 

Moulspare, 17/l8, s. mole spear. 

Mow, 17/19, s. stack of hay or com. 
A.S. muwa. L. Lat. inugium. 

Mowles, 36/17, s. pi. moles. 

Mowse, 38/3, V. pr. t. mouth, bite. 

Mowth, 57/25, V. eat. 

Muck, 51/13, s. manure. 

MuUey, 57/46, a common name for a 
cow in Suffolk. 

Mungrels, 46/3, ^- P^- ^'^^ dogs, mon- 
grels. A.S. mencgan, to mix, 
hence an animal of a mixed breed, 
a hybrid. 

Musk Rlillion, 40/8, s. the musk melon. 
" Pickled cowcombers I have 
bought a pecke for threepence, 
and vmsk mellions, there hath 
beene cast five or sixe loads of 
them in one day to their hogs." — 
Taylor's Works, 1630. See Lyte's 
Dodoens, p. 590. 

Myslen, I6/11, s. mixed com. Mest- 
lyone or monge corne or dragge. — 
Prompt. Parv. See Dredge and 
Mestlen. 



N. 



Nads, 17/9, s. an adze. 
Naile, 17/8, s. nails. 
Nail, 17/4, s. an awl. 



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Naughtie, 53/20, adj. useless, unfit. 

Naughtly, IO/4, adv. by unfair or im- 
proper means. 

Nauewes, 41/6, s. pi. wild navew. 
Brassica napus, L. Fr. naveaii, 
from napellus, dimin. of iiapiis = 
the rape. 

*Nawlt, 32, ? nawt, nothing. 

Neat, 0O/28, s. cattle. A.S. neat, homed 
cattle. 

Neatherd, 63/2, s. herdsman, the man 
who attends to the cattle. 

Needams shore, 97/5- " A pxmning 
proverb recorded in Ray ; and 
signifying that waste and extrava- 
gance bring a man to want or 
need." — -Mavor. 

Needfullie, 8/15, adv. necessarily. 

Ne forte, 23/iO, Latin, lest by chance. 

Nep, 39/24, •''• cat mint, a contraction 
from the Lat. nepeta. 

Nest, 11/6, V. nestle, settle. 

*Nestling, 41, t/. harbouring, supporting. 

Nettie, 68/1, adj. natty, neat. O. Fr. 
net, from Lat. nitidus. 

Nice, 102/1, adj. careful, particular. 

Nick, 98/4, ^- cut, notch. 

Nie, I6/4, adj. near, convenient. 

Nips, 113/5, ^- pi- pinches. 

Niggerly, 27/4, ^<ij- niggardly, miserly. 
Icel. hnbggr, sparing, miserly. 
Cf. Ger. knicker, a niggard. 

Nittes, 21/23, s- pi- the eggs of a louse 
or other insects. A.S. hnitu. 

Noble, I6/16, s. noble, a gold coin of 
the value of 6^. %d. 

Noddies, I8/20, Nodie, 98/4, •>■• P^- 
simpletons, fools. 
" Ere you come hither, proove I was 

somebody, 
The king delighted in me, now I am a 
noddy." 

Damon and Pythias, i. 174. 

Noe, 7/4, J-. Noah. 

Noiance, 16/8, s. injury, trouble. 

Noie, 52/15, V. pr. t. are injurious, 
noxious. 

Noieth, 57/13, V. pr. t. suffer harm or 
injury. 

Noisome, 10/8, adj. injurious, damaging. 

Norfolk wiles, 113/i8, "Essex miles, 
Suffolk stiles, Norfolk wiles, many 

A men beguiles." — Old East Anglian 

f saw. See note. 

Nowles, 36/17, -f-/^- the hillocks, little 
mounds. A.S. cnoll, caaimen. 
"Nolle, idem qtiod nodul." — 
Prompt. Parv. 



Noy, 53/15, ^- h^irt) sre injurious. See 
Noie. 

Noyer, 13/2, s. one that hurts or injures. 

Nurteth, 2O/28, v. p7\ t. poke or push 
with the horns. ? connected with 
Fr. nuire, Lat. nocere. Halliwell 
quotes from Gawayne nirt = z. cut, 
hurt. 

Nurture, IO/57, s. training. 



O. 



Of, IO6/12, prep, through, in conse- 
quence of. 

Of, IO6/2, prep, out of, from. 

Of, 19/22, p7'cp. after. 

Of, 64*/4, p!-ep. with, by means of. 

Ofcorne, 86/5, s. offal or waste corn. 

Office, 99/2, s. duty. Lat. offi.ciu7n. 

Oke, 19/31, s. oaks. A.S. Aic. 

Ope gap, I6/36, hedge or fence breakers. 

Open, I6/38, V. bark, open his mouth. 

Opprest, 19/29,//. troubled, laden. 

Opte, 113/22, V. pt. t. opened. 

*Or and, 18, before. Cf. Er an. 

Orach or Arach, 39/26, s. Orach. Atri- 
plex sativa alba. Atriplex sativa 
purpurea. — Gerard's Herball, ed. 

1633- 
Orderlie, 9/8, adv. in due order. 
Orengis, 40/4^, s.pl. oranges. Arabic, 

ndrandj. L. Lat. arantia, from 

its first title, pom2wi aiirantium, 

golden apple. 
Otemell, 46/26, s. oatmeal. A.S. &ta, 

oat, and niczl, meal. 
Otes, 46/13, ^- P^- oats. 
Othing, 94/6, one thing. 
Out, I6/17, adj. outdoor, open air. 
Ouercome, 53/4, z'-manage, keepupwith. 
Ouerly, 23J2i, adv. all over. 
Over reaching, 2/i i, cheating, deceiving, 
Ouerthwart, 46/9, prep, across. A.S. 

o/erpzveo7'/t. O. Eng. oiithwar, 

tJvweo7-h. O. Norse, thwert. 
Ox bowes, 17/10, s. pi. the bow of 

wood which goes round the neck 

of an ox. 
Oxboy, 63/15, -f- the boy who attends 

to the cattle. 
Oxteeme, 17/io, s. team of oxen. 
Oxyokes, 17/io, s. pi. yokes for oxen. 



P. 



Pad, 17/21, s. padlock. 
Paggles, 43/25, ^-P^- cowslip, primrose, 
22 



338 



Glossary. 



paigles. In Suffolk the Cuckoo 
flower. See note. 
Paier, 17/ 13, s. pair, couple. 
Paine, 3/i, s. pains, trouble. 
Painfull, 77/15, adj. painstaking, care- 
ful. 
Painfull, 2/13, adj. full of trouble, re- 
quiring care. 
Painted, 6/3, //. adorned ; the scrmo 

ornatiis of Cicero. 
Paltrie, ol JTp, adj. poor, worthless. 
Panel, 17/5, ^- ^ pannier. A pannel 
and pcd have this difference : the 
one is much shorter than the other, 
and raised before and behind, and 
serves for smaller burdens ; the 
other is longer and made for Bur- 
dens of Corn. These are fastened 
with a leathern Girt called a 
Wantye.— T.R. 
Parasites, IO/27, s. pL flatterers, 

hangers on. 
Pare, 2/7, v. injure, damage, impair. 
Pared, 46/4, //• cleaned and cleared of 

all superfluous roots. 
Partition, page 2, s. division. 
Pas, 48/6, V. pr. t. care. " As for these 
silken-coated staves, I pass not." — 
Shakspere, 2 Henry VI. iv. 2. 
Pask, 46/2, s. Easter. Lat. Pascha. 
Passeth, IO2/3, v. pr. t. think, reflect. 

See Pas. 
Pasties, 90/7, ^- P^- pies. 
Patch, 51/32, s. originally a fool, jester, 
here = the farm labourer. Ital. 
pazzo, which Florio ("New Worlde 
of Wordes") defines as " foolish, 
fond, mad, rash, doting, rauing or 
simple. Also a foole, a gull, an 
idiot, a mad man, a naturall." By 
some, however, it is derived from 
the patched or motley coat of the 
jester. 
Patches, 53/2, .f. //. places where the 
shearer has cut the skin of the 
sheep, wounds. 
Pates, 63/9, •''• P^- persons. 
Pauncies, 43/24, s. pansies, heartsease. 
" There's pafisies, that's for 
thoughts." — Shakspere, Hamlet, 
iv. 5. 
Pay, 11 1 II, V. pay home = give a strong, 

sharp blow. 
Peake, 67/27, v. to look thin or sickly, 
" Dwindle, peak and pine." — 
Shakspere, Macbeth, i. 3. 
Pearch, 87/5, ^' peich, roost. 



Peasebolt, 1 8/38, j. " pease in the Hawm 

or Straw." — T.R. 
Peaseetch, 19/5, ^- the aftermath of a 

crop of peas. See Etch. 
Peasefed, I8/27, adj. fed on peas. 
Peason, 53/9, ^-P^- pease. 

" Prick peason and beanes, if thy garden 

be dry, 
At change of the moone, and in beauti- 
ful skye." 

Almanack, 161 5. 
Peccantem, 35/28. See note. 
Peck, 17/12, s. a peck measure. 
Ped, 17/5, s. a pannier, a large capa- 
cious basket, in which fowls, eggs, 
fish, etc., are hawked about the 
country. Peder, a small farmer 
(Lincoln), " Pedde, idem quod 
panere, calathiis.'' — Prompt. Parv. 
" Pedder, revohis, iiei;ociator." — 
Cathol. Anglic. See also Halli- 
well, sub. voc. 
Peeces, 2/7, s. pieces, in parts. 
Peele, 75/6, z/. strip. '■'■Peler. To bauld, 
or pull the haire off ; also to pill, 
pare, barke, unrinde, unskin." — 
Cotgrave. 
Peeler, 35/51, s. an impoverish er. 
Peeling, 33/51, s. impoverishing. 
Pelfe, 55/1, s. apparatus, implements. 
Peneriall, 39/29, s. penny-royal. Mentha 
pulegium, from Lat. pideiiim re- 
giiim, through Dutch poley, in the 
old Herbals called puliol royal ; its 
Latin name being derived from 
its supposed efficacy in destroying 
jleas {pulices). See Pliny (b. xx. 
cap. 54). 
Penie, 2/13, s. penny, money. 
Penurie, 9/6, s. destitution, want. 
Perareplums, 34/i8, s. pi. some variety 
of plum either lost or unkno\\Ti (if 
not a misprint). 
Perceley, 39/28, s. parsley. A.S. peter- 

selige. Lat. petroselhmm. 
Percer, 17/6, s. a piercer, gimlet. 
Perie, I8/48, s. perry. 
Perle, 96/28, s. pearl, jewel, ornament. 
Perseneps, 41/8, s.pl. parsnips. Spelt 
in the old herbals Pas7iep and Past- 
fiip, from Lat. pastmaca. 
Pester, 48/l4, v. overcrowd with stock, 
abbreviated from O.Fr. enipestrer= 
to entangle the feet or legs, to em- 
barrass, from Fr. pasturoit, L. Lat. 
pastorium, a fetter by which horses 
are prevented from wandering in 
the pastures. 



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Pestring, 53/ii, v. being in the way 
or troublesome. " £»ipest>rr, to 
pester, intricate, intangle, trouble, 
incomber." — Cotgrave. 

Petigree, 113/ii, s. pedigree, genea- 
logy. 

Pewter, 85/ ii, s. pewter vessels. 

Philip and Jacob, 51/i. The feast of 
Saints Philip and James, 1st May. 

Phraies, 113/8, s. phrase, language. 

Pickle, 56/17, i-. condition, state. 

Piddling, 56/48, v. "going about pre- 
tending to work but doing little or 
nothing, as after illness a man is 
said to go piddling about, though 
as yet unable to do much." — Halli- 
well. 

Pie, 53/3, s. magpie. 

Piggen, I6/14, s. pigeons. 

Pike, 17/15, ■*'• 2- pitching fork with two 
or three prongs for cocking corn 
not put into sheaves. 

Pilch, 15/39, V. pr. t. pilfer. See also 
Filchers. 

Pilcrowe, page 2, s. the mark H. 

" Pylcrafte in a booke, asteriskHS." 
— Prompt. Parv. 

Pilferie, 9/4, s. theft, fraud. O. Fr. 
pelfrer, to plunder. 

Pinched, IO/30, //. in straitened cir- 
cumstances, in need or want. 

Pinching, 9/6, adj. extreme, pressing. 

Pinching, 97/3, ^- economy. 

Pinwood, 17/20, s. pegwood, i.e. wood 
that does not split, for making 
wooden pins or pegs of. 

Pionees, 45/ 16, s. pi. The peony. 
Pceonia corallina. The seeds of 
this plant were used as a spice, and 
also as a medicine. See note in 
Liber Albus, p. 351. 

Pismier, 110, s. ant. 

Pitch and pay, 1 1 3/24, pay ready money. 

Placing, 56/32, V. arranging, stacking. 

Plagards, 113/6, s.pl. commissions, in- 
struments. 

Planked, ni2,pp. boarded. 

Plantine, 44/io, s. Plantain. The 
Water-plantain was formerly re- 
garded as a specific against hydro- 
phobia : from planta, sole of the 
foot, from the shape of the leaf. 

Plash, 36/15, ^' ^"^P- ^^ lower and 
narrow a broad-spread hedge by 
partially cutting off the branches 
and entwining them with those left 
behind. " Flesser, to plash, fould, 



to bow, or plait young branches 
one within another ; also to thicken 
a hedge, or cover a walke, by 
plashing." — Cotgrave. In 36/15 it 
means to pleach down a hedge over 
the burrow, so as to protect it. 

Pleasure, 7/6, v. to please. 

Plight, I6/34, s. condition. 

Plot, 9/7, s. piece of ground, farm. 

Plot, 12/1, s. plan, rule. 

Plough Monday, 90/2. The Monday 
next after Twelfth Day. See note. 

Ploughstaff, 17/11, s. an instrument 
like a paddle for cleaning a plough, 
or clearing it of weeds, stalks, etc. 

Plowmeat, 47/i2, s. food made of corn. 

Plowwrite, 58/5, •''• plough wright. 

Plump, 19/41, V, imp. throw in. 

Pod, 1 7/6, s. "a box or old leather 
bottle nailed to the side of the cart 
to hold necessary implements, or 
perhaps grease. " — Mavor. Cf Ped. 

Poke, I6/3, s. a bag, sack, "buy a pig 
in a poke " = to buy without seeing 
what one is buying. 

Poling, 35/45, •*■• supporting with poles. 

Pollard, 19/16, s. a mixture of bran 
and meal. 

Pollenger, 35/13, •*"• pollard trees, brush- 
wood. 

Pompions, 41/7, •*■• P^- pumpkins. Fr. 
pompon. 

Poppie, 45/17, •<■• poppy- A.S. papig. 

Poret, 39/31, s. a scallion ; a leek or 
small onion. O. Fr. poi-ette. Lat. 
porrtim ; called Poi-rectes in the 
Forme of Cury, p. 41. 

Porkling, I9/34, s. young swine. Cf. 
Bui chin, q.v. 

Posie, 97/1, s. a poetical inscription. 
Udal writes it poisee. " There was 
a superscription or poisee written 
on the toppe of the crosse." — St. 
Luke, c. 23. 

Pot,. 15/43, •''• the pot for cooking pur- 
poses. 

Pottage, 76/2, s. pottage, soup. Fr. 
potage. 

Pottle, 21/12, s. a pottle, a measure of 
two quarts. 

Pouch, 62/i6, s. pocket, purse. A.S. 
pocca. 

Poucheth, 35/46, V. pr. t. pockets. 

Pound, 113/21, V. fight, beat. 

*Powlinges, 66, s. pi. the branches or 
shoots of pollard trees. Still called 
Pollenzers. 



340 



Glossary. 



Practise, 73/i3, s. practice, experience. 

Practisie, 19/5, ^- conduct, practices. 

Praies, 113/i8, s. praise. 

Prating, 64/27, s. talking, chattering. 

Pray, 11 8/25, s. prey, booty, plunder. 

Preferment, IO/57, s. advancement, 
assistance. 

Prentise, 92/4, v. apprenticeship, busi- 
ness. 

Prentiships, 60, s. pi. periods of seven 
years, that being the duration of 
an apprenticeship, or 'prenticeship. 

Prest, 56/43, '^^j- ready. 

Prest, 63/7, adj. neat, tidy. Tusser 
Redivivus says, ' ' An old word for 
Neat or Tight ; I suppose comes 
from women being strait-laced.'''' 
Ital. presto. O. Fr. prest, Fr. pret. 

Prest, 49/8, //. pressed. Fr. presser. 

Pretie, 86/7, adj. pretty, dainty. A.S. 
prcBtig. 

Preuenting, 10 62, pr. p. anticipating. 
Lat. preveiiire, to go before. 

Price, 113/16, s. renown, high estima- 
tion. l^zX. pretiuf)i. 

Pricketh, 77/22, v. pr. t. makes proud 
or puffs up. 

Pricking, 67/ 16, v. embroidering, doing 
fancy work. 

Pride, 19/i2,j-. excessive richness. "The 
ground having his pride abated in 
the first crop-" — G. Markham. 

Prie, 35/15, s. privet. 

Prim, 15/42, s. another name for the 
"privet; "called also "primwort." 

Prime, 14/3, -f- the time of the new 
moon, as change is the time of the 
full moon. 

Prime grass, 35/i8, s. earliest grass. 
See footnote. 

Priuie, IO/12, adj. aware, acquainted. 

Priuie, 10/42, s. privet. Ligustnim 
vulgare. 

Procureth, -64/3, v. pr. t. contrives, 
brings about. 

Promooters, 64/ii, s. pi. informers. 

Prooue, 46/i, v. imp. try, have some 
experience of. 

*Prouision, 4, foresight. Lat. providei-e. 

*Pullein, 37, Pullen, 87/5, ^- P^- poultry, 
fowls. " Pullayne, poullane, poitl- 
laille." — Palsgrave. See also 
Pulter. 

Pullet, 63/i6, s. chicken. 

Pulter, 21/9, s. fowl keeper or breeder. 
'■'■ PMillailler, m. a poulter or 
keeper of pullaine." — Cotgrave. 



Pultrie, 21/9, s. poultry. 

Purkey Wheat, 19/17, maize. 

Purloiners, IO/54, s. pi. thieves, pil- 
ferers. Spelt "/n»loiners " in edit, 
of 1577. 

Purse penniles, IO/28, adj. a purse 
without a penny, empty pursed. 

Purslane, 40/io, s. water purslane. 
Porttdaca dovtestica. — Gerard's 
Herball, ed. 1633. Yrom po7cellus, 
a little pig ; the plant being a 
favourite food of swine. 

Put to, 10/30, V. place. 

Puttocks, 38/33, ^- P^- kites, hawks. 
" Puttok, bryd, milvus." — Prompt. 
Parv. In 99/3 t-he meaning is, vo- 
racious fellows. 



Q. 



Quail e, I0/34, v. fail. 

Quaile, 91/6, s. be shaken. 

Quamier, 08/56, s. quagmire, bog. O. 
Eng. quavemire. 

Queenes gilleflowers, 43/27, •*'• the 
Dame's Violet, also called Rogue's 
or Winter gilliflower. Hesperis 
matrotialis, L. 

Queere, 113/6, s. choir. " Queere, 
cJiorns.'''' — Cath. Anglicum. 

Quickset, I8/33, s. quickset hedge. 

Quick setted, 35 '45, pp. enclosed with 
a quickset hedge. 

Quieter, 63/22, aa'z'. more easily, quietly. 

Quight, 114/2, adv. completely, en- 
tirely. 

Quite, 15/7, ^- P^- I- requite, repay. 



R. 



Rabetstock, 17/20, s. a rabbet-plane, a 
joiner's tool for cutting rabbets. 

Rable, 22/17, ^- crowd, number. 

Rage, 113/35, ^'^j- wild, dissipated. 

Raise, 9/ 16, v. stir up. 

Rampions, 40/ 12, s. rampion, rapim- 
tiitm. — Gerard's Herball. 

Ranke, 53/i7, adj. strong, rank. 

Ranker, 10/6, s. ill-feeling, quarrelling. 

Raskabilia, IO/54, s. packs of rascals. 
Cf. Mid. Eng. rascaille. " Rascalye, 
or symple puple, plebs." — Prompt. 
Parv. 

Ratling, 19/34, ^- Ae rattle. 

Rawing, I6/25, s. the aftermath of a 
Meadow Water. — T.R. ' ' Raweyne, 



Glossary. 



341 



hey, femwt serotinumr — Prompt. 

Parv. See also Rowen. 
Reame, 3/3, s. kingdom, country. O. 

Fr. reabne, reaume. 
Reasnable, IO/14, adj. fair, equitable, 

reasonable. 
Reastie, 20/2, adj. rusty, rancid. 

" Reest as flesche, 7-a?icidus." — 

Prompt. Parv. "I reast, I waxe 

ill of taste, as bacon." — Palsgrave. 

See Wedgwood, s.v. Reasty. 
Recken, IO/43, v. to compute, count. 
Redele, page 3, s. riddle. " Rydel 

or probleme, eiiigma." — Prompt. 

Parv. A.S. r/edelse. 
Reeded, 0I/5, pp. thatched with reeds. 
Reeding, 2/io, s. reading, study. A.S. 

redan. 
Reeke, IO/24, v. smoke. A.S. recan. 
Refraine, 48- 1, v. stop, prevent. 
Rehersed, 4o/i, pp. mentioned, named. 

Fr. rehercer, properly to go over 

again like a harrow (Fr. Iierce) over 

a ploughed field. 
Reisons, 34/21, s. pi. currants. " Ray- 

souns of Corante." — Pegge's Forme 

of Cury, ed. 1780, p. 16. 
Relent, 23/ii, v. become soft. 
Rendrit, 24, z/. =render it, i.e. return, 

requite it. 
Rent, 5.5/7, PP- ^on\, plucjced. 
Rept, I8/43, PP- reaped, gained. 
Resdue, 48/19, ^- residue, remainder. 

Fr. residu. Lat. residmun. 
Respe, '^ojz'j, Respies, 44/i2, s. Rasp- 
berries. 
Respit, 70/4, s. rest, respite. 
Restful], IO6/2, adj. full of rest, resting. 
Retcheles, IO/23, adj. reckless, careless. 

A.S. recceleas. 
Revengement, 9/ 18, s. revenge. 
Rew, 45/18, s. rue. 
Rife, 98/ 1, adj. abundant, common. 
Rifle, 17/14, s. " a rifle or ruffle is no 

more than a bent stick standing on 

the butt of a sithe-handle." — T. R. 

Now called a bale. 
Rigging, I6/37, pr. p. making free with, 

knocking about. 
Rigs, 15/37, "tJ- pr. t. make free with. 
Ringle, 33/54, v. imp. ring, put rings 

through the snouts. 
Ringling, I6/32, v. ringing of swine to 

prevent their tearing up the ground. 
Riping, 37/7, ripening. 
Rikes, 53/10, s. pi. ricks. A.S. hreac, 

a heap. 



Rise, iO/^a, s. rice. 

Rishes, 75/6, s. pi. rushes. A.S. risce. 
Lat. rzisacm. 

Riuet, 19/16, J. bearded wheat. "Dog- 
wheat, a bearded species, called in 
Mark-lane, rivets." — Forby. 

Rode, o7l2,(>, s. harbour. 

Roinish, 102/i, adj. mean, rough, 
coarse. Yx. rog>ieux. "The roy- 
nish clown." — Shakspere, As Vou 
Like It, ii. 2. 

Roister like, 98/3, blustering. " They 
ruffle and roist it out." Harrison's 
Eng. ed. F. J. Furnivall, New 
Shakspere Soc. Pt. i, p. 77. "This 
is the very roystcr that gagg'd and 
bound me. Sir." — The Reforma- 
tion, 1673. 

Rokat, 40/13, ■''• garden rocket. Fr. 
roquetie. Eriica saliva. — Gerard's 
Herball, ed. 1633. 

Roong, 15/29, //• have rings put 
through their noses to prevent 
them from tearing up the ground. 

Roperipe, 92/3, ^- one old enough to be 
flogged. ' ' Deserving of hanging. " 
— Howell, 1660. 

Roste, 63/19, J- rule the roste=domi- 
neer, have the sway. According 
to Richardson equivalent to "rule 
the roost," an expression of which 
every farm yard would supply an 
explanation. 

Rottenly, I8/11, adj. rich, crumbly. 

Roule, 17/8, s. a rule, measure. 

Roules, 10/54, V. roll in, bring in. 

Rowe, 36/12, s. row, a rowe=in a row. 

Rowen, 57/25, aftennath of mown 
meadows. " Rowen is a field kept 
up till after Michaelmas, that the 
corn left on the ground may sprout 
into green." — Bailey's Diet. See 
Rawing above, and Rawings in 
Ray's Gloss. 

Rowleth, 46/15, "^^ pr- t- roll. O. Fr. 
roler, (xer. rollen, from Lat. rotu- 
lare. 

Rubstone, 17/ 14, s. a sandstone for a 
scythe. " The rub or buckle stone 
which husbandmen doo occupie in 
the whetting of their sithes." — 
Harrison, Description of England, 
Pt. 2, p. 64. 

Rudenes, 2/9, s. want of refinement, 
plainness, homeliness. 

Ruffen, 98/3, ^- ruffian, scoundrel. 

Runciuall peas, 41/9, ^- P^- marrow-fat 



342 



Glossary. 



peas. Supposed to be derived from 
Span. Roiicesvalles, a town at the 
foot of the Pyrenees, where gigantic 
bones of old heroes were pretended 
to be shown ; hence the name was 
applied to anything of a size larger 
than usual. 

Runnagate, 77/i7, runaway. "White- 
livered 7-unaga(e." — Shakspere, 
Richard III. iv. 4. 

Runt-wood, page 78, foot-note 3, s. 
stumps of undenvood. " Neither 
young poles nor old 7-unts are suit- 
able for building." — Holland. 

Rydgis, I6/9, J.//, ridges. 



Sad, 17/12, adj. disappointed, vexed. 
Saddle, 80/37, -f- the saddle, riding. 

We still say " a saddle horse," " a 

cart horse," meaning a horse for 

riding or carting. 
Saile, 113/23, s. sail, beare low saile = 

to live humbly or economically. 

" Than bear so knii a sail, to strike 

to thee." — Shakspere, 3 Hen. VI. 

v. I. Cf. also 3 Henry VI. iii. 3. 
Sallets, 40/ 1, j. //. salads. 
Sallow, 22/26, s. a species of willow. 

A.S. salig. 
Salue, 4/2, s. ointment, salve. 
Sampire, 40/6, s. samphire. CritJumun 

marinum. — Gerard's Herball, 1633. 

" Halfway down, 
Hangs one that gathers samphire, 
dreadful trade." 

Shakspere, Lear, iv. 6. 

Saver, lO/io, s. scent, inkling. 

Sauer, 77/3, ■*'• ^ person to look after 
and see that things are not wasted. 

Sauerie, 89/35, ^- savoury. Fr. savoree. 
Lat. saiureja. 

Sauerlie, 9/3, adj. frugal, gained by 
saving. 

Sauin, 45/22, s. savin. Jiaiipenis sa- 
biiia, Linn. 

Sawsie, II3/35, '^'^j- saucy, impudent. 

Saxefrage, 44/13, ^- saxifrage. Lat. 
saxifraga, from saxiim, a rock, and 
fratigo, to break, being supposed 
to disintegrate the rocks, in the 
crevices of which it grows, and 
thence to dissolve stone in the 
bladder. Called in Scotland Thirl- 
stane, which has the same meaning. 

Scaberd, 102/2, s. scabbard. 



Scamble, 51/7, ^'- scramble for. 

Scant, 06/52, adj. scarce, wanting. 

Scant, II8/24, adv. scarcely. So in 
Bacon's "Table of Coulers," I. 
"The Epicure that will scant in- 
dure the Stoic to be insight of him." 
Cf. also Romeo and Juliet, i. 2. 

Scanted, ii. 14, adj. limited, stinted, 
grudged. Cf. also note to 5I/15. 

Scape, 97/1, V. escape, get off. 

Scare, 06/13, ^- i>'ip- drive away. 

Scotch, 88/17, "V- pi"- t- cut, hew. 

Scoutwatch, 10/19, -f- watch, guard. 

Scowles, 10/23, ^- /''■ '• scowls, frowns, 
is ill-tempered. 

Scrall, 49^, v. pi: t. crawl. "To scrall, 
stir, moiilo.'''' — Coles' Lat. Diet. 
"And the river shall so-al with 
frogs."— Wiclif, Exodus viii. 3. 

Scrauling, 49/9, P^'- P- crawling. 

Scruplenes, page 4, s. scruples, scrupu- 
lousness. Lat. scnipuhis, a little 
stone such as may get into a travel- 
ler's shoe and distress him ; hence, 
a source of doubt or distress. 

Sea holie, 4O/17, s. sea-hulfer, sea-holm ; 
a plant of the genus Erv'tgiurn (E. 
marithiinDi). A.S. hii'/jer, holly. 

.Sealed, 17/i8, adj. certified, stamped. 

Seame, 2I/2, s. a quarter of corn. A.S. 
sea>?i. 

Secresie, 9/20, s. secrets, private con- 
cerns. 

Sedge collars, 17/i2, s. pi. collars made 
of sedge or reeds. 

Seede, 51/i2, v. obtain seed from. 

Seede cake, 90/7, " s- festival so called 
at the end of wheat-sowing in Essex 
and .Suffolk, when the village is to 
be treated with seed cakes, pasties, 
etc. " — Warton. 

Seeith, I9/41, v. imp. boil. 

Seeke, IO/24, v. seek, " their dinners 
to seeke " = their dinners have to be 
sought, i.e. are lacking. 

Seelie, 48/21, adj. silly, simple. A.S. 
su'/ig. O.L. Ger. sa/ig. 

Scene, 95/i , ac^'. practised, experienced. 

" Its a schoolmaster 
Well seen in music." 
Shakspere, Taming of Shrew, i. 2. 
Scene, IO6/16, v. pt. t. appeared. Lat. 

visits est. 
Seeth, 78/5, v. imp. boil. 
Seeue, 17/3, ^- sieve, sifter. 
Seggons, 80/6, J. //. poor labourers. 
"Seg-head, a blockhead." — Craven 



Glossary. 



343 



Glossary. Cf. Segger, Chester 
Plays, ii. 51. 

Sell, 113/21, J. cell, abbey. 

Semsters, 86/7, s. pi. needlewomen, 
seamstresses. A.S. seatnestre. 

Seruice-trees, 34/24, s. pi. more cor- 
rectly spelt Servise-tree, from Lat. 
ce>'visia,iis fruit having from ancient 
times been used for making a fer- 
mented liquor, a kind of beer. 

Seruiture, 99/i, s. servant, attendant. 

Set, 36/25, ^- i^np- plant round, set. 

Set, 35/45, ■*'■ the young shoots. 

Setteth, 10/60, V. pr. t. risks. " Setteth 
his soule upon sixe or on seauen " 
— ' ' risks his soul on the cast of a 
die." 

Seuer, 10/40, v. imp. separate, sort. 

Seuerall, title, adj. inclosed land, di- 
vided into fields by fences. L. Lat. 
separalis. 

Sevve, 15/17, ^' ^^np. drain. Cf. sewer. 
Welsh, sych, dry. Cf. Lat. siccus. 
See Pegge's Kenticisms. 

Shackles, 17/21, s. pi. shackles. A.S. 
scacul. Dutch, schakcl, a link of a 
chain. 

Shack time, I6/30, s. the time during 
which the shaken-out gi-ain remains 
on the ground after harvest. 
"Shack, Norfolk, a general com- 
mon for hogs, from the end of 
harvest till seed time. To go at 
shack, to go at large." — Coles' 
Diet. 1676. Brockett's Glossary 
gives : " Shack, shak, to shed, or 
shake, as corn in harvest. Then 
shack-fork, a shake-fork." " Shack- 
ing-tinie, the season when malt is 
ripe." — Kersey's Eng. Diet. 1715. 
Wedgwood (Eng. Etym.) says : 
"Shack is the shaken grain remain- 
ing on the ground when the glean- 
ing is over, the fallen mast (Forby). 
Hence to shack, to turn pigs or 
poultry into the stubble field to 
feed on the scattered grain. Shack, 
liberty of winter pasturage, when 
the cattle are allowed to rove over 
the tillage land." Forby gives 
"Shack, sb. the acorns or mast 
under the trees." Compare the 
provincial " Shucks," the pods or 
shells from which peas have been 
shaken, or, as it is frequently called, 
' ' shook. " 

Share, 52/i, v. shear. 



Shares, 17/io, s. plough shares. 

Sharing, 17/l6, adj. shearing. 

Shaue, 17/6, s. spokeshave. 

Sheawd, 102/7,//. shown, displayed. 

Shed, 57/7, z>. lose the grains of corn. 

Sheepebiter, 64/17, s. a thief, lit. a 
wolf, a cant phrase. See Halli- 
well, s.v. 

Shent, 57/45, //• ruined, disgraced. 
A.S. scendan. 

Shere, 3/7, s. shire, county. A.S. scire. 

Shift, 9/39, V. manage, fare. 

Shift, 104/1, s. excuse, makeshift. 

Shifting, 95/5, adj. changing, often re- 
moving. 

Shifting, 10/27, 10/33, ^- trickery, 
cheating, acting shiftingly. 

Shiftingly, 9/26, adv. by tricks or mean 
shifts. 

Shock, 56/20, s. a certain number of 
bundles or sheaves of corn (in some 
parts twelve). " A j-//(v/'^ of wheate, 
nieia tritici." — Withal's Diet. 1 60S. 

Shock, 57/10, V. imp. collect into shocks 
or heaps of twelve sheaves. 

Shod, 17/6,//. tired. 

Sholue, 17/1, s. shovel. 

Shoo, 102/2, s. pi. shoes. A.S. sceo, a 
shoe, pi. sceon. 

Shot, 113/40, s. expense, reckoning. 

Showreth out, 14/3, ^- pf. t. is showery, 
rainy weather. 

Shreaw, I6/17, s. thief, rascal, 67/24, s. 
shrew, scold. See Shrew. 

Shred pies, 31/3, s. pi. mince pies, the 
meat being cut up into shreds. A.S. 
screddan, small pieces. " No matter 
for plomb-porridge or shrid pies.^' 
■ — Sheppard's Epigrams, 1651. 

Shrew, 64*/6, s. scold. " Shrewe, 
praviis. Schrewyd, pravatus, de- 
pravatus." — Prompt. Parv. 

Shroftide, 90/3, ■*'• Shrove Tuesday, the 
day before the first day of Lent. 

Shrouing, 90/3, ■*'• to be merry, prob- 
ably derived from the sports and 
merriment of Shrovetide. See 
Halliwell, s.v. Shrove. 

Shut, V. 0I/5, shoot, throw; 37/l3, 
shoot out, spring up. 

Sieth, 35/25, ■*'• scythe. A.S. si'&e. 

Siethes, 39/39, s. pi. chives, spelt in 
Hollyband's Diet. 1593, «>z/fj, from 
Fr. cive. Allium fissile, L. 

Sirops, 91/3, s. pi. sirups. 

Siszers, 17/4, ^- scissors. 

Sithe, 17/14, s. scythe. 



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Glossary. 



Skare, 2/7, w. frighten. lce\. skirra = 
to drive away. 

Skared, 69/4, //. frightened, cheated of. 

Skavel, IT/ig, s. a kind of spade, having 
its sides slightly turned up, used 
ill draining, and cleaning narrow 
ditches. Compare scuffle, a garden 
hoe, and shovel. 

Skep, 17/3, s. a basket made of rushes 
or straw. 

Skill, 113/38, s. plan, design. 

.Skillesse, II2/4, adj. simple, homely. 

Skirrets, 40/ig, s. pi. the water-parsnip. 
Siitm latifolhim, contracted from 
skinuort, its older name, a cor- 
ruption of sugar-wort. Ger. zucker- 
wurzel. 

Skreene, 90/2, s. fire-screen. See note. 

Skreine, 17/i6, s. sieve, screen. O. Fr. 
escrein. 

Skuppat, 17/19, •*■• a spade used in 
draining and making narrow ditches. 
Belgian schup, a spade. 

Skuttle, ^Ijid, s. a screen for cleaning 
corn, i.e. a large broad and shallow 
shovel for casting threshed corn 
from one side of the barn to the 
other that light grains and dust 
may fall short. 

Slab, 15/35, ■f- the outside cut of sawn 
timber. 

Slabbered, 48/20, //. dirtied, beslob- 
bered. L. Ger. and Dut. slabbern. 

Slained, IO6/15, //• slain, murdered, 
but perhaps we should read stained. 

Slake, 1/4, V. to slacken. 

Slapsauce, 98/2, s. "a parasite."— 
Minsheu. ' ' A lickedish, a lickerish 
fellow, a slapsawce." — Nomen- 
clator, 1585. 

*Slapt, "lie, pp. 

Slea, 107/3, ■"■ slay, kill. A.S. slea7i. 

Sled, 17/11, J-, sledge, truck. Ger. and 
Dutch slede. Icel. sledi. A.S. 
slidan, to slide. 

Slept, 90/i,//. slipt, forgotten, omitted. 

Slise, 3.5/20, V. imp. slice, cut. 

Sliuers, 23/i, s. pi. pieces of split wood, 
chips. A.S. sli/aft. 

Slugging, 75/1, s. lying late in bed. 

Sluts, 75/5, s. pi. slovens, slatterns. 
Ger. schliitte. Dutch slet. 

Smack, 57/24, -f- a pleasant repast. 

Smalach, 4o/20, s. celery, or water 
parsley. The small ache or parsley 
as compared with the Aipposelinum 
or great parsley. 



Small nuts, 34/22, Smal nuts, 33/57, •^• 
hazel nuts. 

Snagdragons, 43/30, s. pi. snapdragons, 
so called from its corolla resemb- 
ling the s)iap or snout. Dut. sneb 
of some animal. Called by Lyte 
" Calf's snowte." 

Snorting, 9/ 16, adj. snoring, sleepy. 
A.S. sitora, a snoring. 

Snudgeth, 62/2, v. pr. t. is economical 
or saving, or, works quietly or 
snugly. In Lane, snidge. A.S. 
sttid. Danish snedig, cunning. 
' ' Thus your husbandry e, methincke, 
is much more like the life of a 
covetous snudge, that ofte very evill 
proves, then the labour of a goode 
husbande, that knoweth well what 
hedoth.'— Ascham,Toxophilus, p. 6. 

Sockle, 35/30, V. imp. suckle, provide 
with milk. 

Sod, 22/27, /A boiled. 

Soketh, 19/2, V. pr. t. wets, soaks. 

Soles, 17/21, s. pi. a collar of wood, put 
round the neck of cattle to confine 
them to the post. 

Sollen, 89/13, adj. sullen, sulky. 

Soller, 37/5, s. garret, loft, or upper 
room. " Solariu??i, an upper room, 
chamber, or garret which in some 
parts of England is still called a 
sollar." — Kennett, Gloss, p. 134. 

Sooth, 10/6r, V. to flatter. 

Sops in wine, 43/31, s. a kind of pink 
resembling a carnation ; the clove 
pink. " The rose and speckled 
flowre cald sops-in-wine. " — The 
Affectionate Shepheard, 1594. 

Sorell, 39/36, s. sorrell. Fr. sitrelle, a 
dimin. from L. Ger. j-;/;<r=sour, 
from the acidity of the leaves. 
Rumex acetosa, L. 

Sost, 48/20, //. dirty, foul. " Of any 
one that mixes several slops, or 
makes any place wet or dirty, we 
say in Kent, he makes a soss." — 
Kennett MS. 

Souse, 12/5, s. pigs' feet and ears pickled. 

Soutage, 37/51, s. bagging for hops, or 
coarse cloth. See More's MS. 
Additions to Ray's North Country 
Gloss. 

Southly, I6/20, adv. facing the south. 

Sowce, 19/37, V. imp. steep in brine, 
pickle. 

Sower, 35/51, adj. sour. 

Spare, II2/3, v. economize, be sparing. 



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Spareth, IO/35, v. pr. t. are economical, 
save. 

Spars, 33/16, s. pi. rafters. 

Speedfull, 02/13, adj. useful, profitable. 

Speeding, 2/io, s. progress, success. 

Speered, 84/5, pp. sprouted, a term in 
malting. "I spyer as come dothe 
whan it begynneth to waxe rype, 
je espie." — Palsgrave. 

Spent, 15/41, pp. used, consumed. 

Sperage, 40/i8, s. asparagus. Lemery 
in his Treatise on Foods, 1704, 
gives as the etymology : ab asper- 
gendo, sprinkling, because 'tis con- 
venient to wrater them ! 

Spials, 64/12, s. pi. spies. Fr. epier. 
O. Fr. espie?; whence our espy, spy. 
Low Lat. espia. 

Spide, 2/9, V. pr. t. beheld, saw. 

Spight, 0II12,, s. as a spite or grief to. 

Spight, 97/6, V. spite, be unpropitious. 

Spil, 102/6, V. pr. t. spoil, ruin. 

Spilled, 50/6, Spilt, 56/54, //. ruined, 
spoilt. A.S. spillan. 

Spring, 48/II, s. young buds of felled 
underwood. 

Spurlings, I2/5, s. pi. smelts. " S purlin, 
a smelt, Fr. esperlan.'''' — Skinner. 
Sparling, smelts of the Thames. — 
Brockett's N. C. Glossary. ' ' First 
a sprat, then a small sparling, then 
a sparling." — R. Holme, p. 325. 

Squatteth, I6/38, v. pr. t. sit or crouch 
down. Welsh yswatian, to squat, 
lie flat. 

Squier, IO/57, j. squire, gentleman. 

Stadled, 48/8, pp. " to stadle a Wood is 
to leave at certain distances a suffi- 
cient number of young trees to re- 
plenish it." — T.R. 

Staddles, 47/9, Stadles, 48/9, -f- P^- 
young growing trees left after cut- 
ting underwood. 

Staid, 2/8, v. pt. t. kept, detained. 

Stale, 10/7, s. means of support. 

Stale, 19/40, V. prevent, stop. 

Staled, 6O/9, adj. steady, staid. 

Stalfed, 21/11, adj. stall-fattened. 

Stamp, I8/48, V. wip. bruise, pound. 

Stands thee upon, IO/39, are suitable, 
proper for. To stand a person 07t 
is to be incumbent upon him, it is 
his duty. — Wilbraham, Gloss, of 
Cheshire Words, 181 8. 

Star of Bethlehem, 43/34, s. Star of 
Bethlehem. Ornithogalum umbel- 
latutn, a bulbous plant having a 



white star-like flower, like pictures 
of the stars that indicated Our 
Lord's birth. 

Star of Jerusalem, 43/35, •''• perhaps 
sunflower or turn-sole. Ital. gi?-asole, 
familiarized into Jerusalem. 

Stay, 113/31, s. rest, quiet. 

Steade, 63/3, s. in steade=to advantage. 

*Stede, 19, v. suffice, profit. 

Steelie, 19/i2, adj. hard, firm. 

Steepe, 46/6, adj. a steepe = steeply. 

Steeres, 36/8, s. pi. oxen in their third 
year. A.S. steor. 

Sterue, IO3/4, v. starve, perish. A.S. 
steor fan. 

*Steruelings, 50, s. pi. half-starved 
animals. 

Stick, I6/34, V. imp. to stick boards = 
to arrange them neatly one upon 
another with sticks between. — T.R. 

Still, 33/53, ^' ^w/- quiet, stop from 
growing. 

Still, 44/1, V. distill. 

Still, 50/33, •*■• ^ still. Lat. stilla, a drop. 

Stinted, 95/4, //• appointed, settled. 

Stirre, 77/6, v. move quickly, bestir 
herself. 

Stitchwort, 45/23, s. stitchwort, chick- 
weed, Stellaria media, Linn. 

Stocke gilleflowers, 43/36, s. now 
shortened to stock, from stock, the 
trunk or woody stem of a tree or 
shrub, added to gillijlo-iVer to dis- 
tinguish it from plants of the pink 
tribe, called, from their scent, 
Clove-gillejlowers. 

Stocks, 11l\%s. pi. young trees. 

Stoutnesse, 9/9, s. force. 

Stouer, 20/16, s. winter food for cattle, 
fodder from thrashed corn, whether 
straw, chaff, or colder (broken ears 
of com), from the Old French 
estavoir, estovoir, estonvier, A.N. 
estovers, or estouvoir, which denotes, 
according to Roquefort (Glossaire 
de la langue Romane), 'provision 
de tout ce qui est necessaire.' 

Strangenes, 3/i, s. strangeness. 

Strawforke, 17/1, s. a pitchfork. 

Strawisp, I9/38, s. wisps of straw. 

Streight waies, 113/8, adv. at once. 

Strike, I6/9, v. pr. t. striking is the 
last ploughing before the seed is 
committed to the earth. — M. 

Strike, l7/i, s. a bushel measure. 
" Robert Webb of Shottre oweth 
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for making ix stryche and a half of 
malt."— Will of John Cocks of 
Stratford - on - Avon, dated May 
27th, 1600. 

Stripe, 57/5, J. " beating upon a Hurdle 
or some other rough thing. " — T.R. 

Stroieng, 48/17, s. destmction, injury. 
O. Fr. {de)struire. Lat. struere. 

Stroken, 35/31, pp. stroked, kindly 
treated. 

Strowing, 42/i, adj. for strewing. 

Stroyal, IO/23, s. waste all, wasteful. 

Stub, 35/9, J-, stump, buie at the stub = 
buy on the ground. A.S. stybb, 
allied to Lat. stipes. 

Stub, 33/47, ^- ^^^P- gi'ub up. 

"And badd hj-m take a mattock anon, 
And stubbe the olde rote away, 
That had stonde there many a day." 
MS. Cantab. Ff. ii. 38, f 129. 

Stud, 33/16, s. the uprights in a lath 
and plaster wall. " In manie 
places there are not above foure, six, 
or nine inches between stud and 
sitid."- — Harrison, Pt. i, p. 233. 

Stur, 62/6, V. move about, exert. 

Sturs, 63/i6, s.pl. disturbances, commo- 
tions. 

Substanciallie, 9/23, adv. in reality, 
truly. 

Subtiltie, 9/i7, s. cunning, artfulness, 
deceit. 

Sucker, 23/4, J- assistance, help, succour. 

Suckerie, 91/2, Suckeiy, 39/38, s. suc- 
cory, the wild endive, chicory. 
Fr. chicoree, often replaced by frau- 
dulent dealers with dandelion roots, 
Cichorhun Iiitylms, L. 

Sudgerne, 10/8, v. settle down. Fr. 
sojourner. Cf. Barbour's Bruce, 
E. E. Text Soc. ed. Skeat, 6/26, 
16/47, and 2O/356. 

Suer, 84/3, adj. sure, careful. O. Fr. 
seiir, segur. Lat. securus. 

Suerty, 9/24, s. being security or surety. 

Suite, I8/49, s. description, kind. 

Suretie, IO/28, s. security, bail. 

Swage, 113/26, V. assuage. 

Swatches, 57/i8, s. pi. rows or ranks of 
barley, etc. 

Swathes, 55/2, s. pi. the line of grass or 
corn cut and thrown together by 
the scythe in mowing. Cotgrave 
gives : " Gerber des javelles to 
bind come of s'wath into sheaues, 
to sheaue vp come." " Fani striga. 
Monceaux de foin par ordre. The 
swathe or strake of grasse, as it 



lyeth mowne downe with the sithe." 

— Nomenclator. 
Sweate, 56/20, s. a sweating, i.e. feel 

the effects of the heat. 
Sweete Johns, 43/33, ^- a species of 

Diafithits or pink, called also S'oeet 

yo/in's-wort. 
Swerue, 96/42, s. fail, depart. 
Swill, 78/5, s. hog's-wash. 
Swim, 10/59, V. to abound, to overflow. 
Smnge, 52/i6, v. imp. cut down with 

the long swinging scythe used for 

that purpose. 



Tack, 12/3, Tacke, 76/3, s. substance. 

A tough piece of meat is said to 

have plenty of tack in it. 
Taile, 77/8, s. back. 
Taint womies, 65/3, s. pi. "A small 

red spider called taint is by the 

country people accounted a deadly 

poison to cows and horses." — Sir 

T. Browne. 
Tale, 83/4, s. tally, reckoning. 
Talent, 59/9, -f- the gifts and powers 

entrusted by God. Of course the 

reference is to the Parable. 
Tallie, 78/2, s. score, bill, charge. 
Tallwood, 53/12, s. wood cut for billets. 

" Tall woode, pacte wodde to make 

byllettes of, taillee." — Palsgrave. 
Tampring, 17/ 16, v. tempering, mixing, 

thus the Bible speaks of "?<;/- 

tempered mortar." 
Tane, 66/1, //. taken. 
Tanzie, 39/40, s. tansy, Tanacetum 

vnlgare, Linn. 
Tapple up taile, 21/14. See notes, pp. 

253 and 317. 
Tarie, I6/11, v. delay, keep back. 
Tarragon, 40/21, s. tarragon. Tragunt 

vidgare. — Gerard's Herball. Used 

for perfuming vinegar in France. 

O. Fr. targon. 
Tarrie, 80/1, v. wait for, await. 
Tawnie, 43/3, '^^j- yellowish. 
Ted, 54/1, V. to spread abroad new-cut 

grass. " I teede hay, I tourne it 

afore it is made in coizkcs, je feue." 

— Palsgrave. 
Tedder, IO/9, s. tether, " live within 

one's tether " = " within the limits 

of one's income." 
Teddered, I6/33, //. tethered, tied up. 
Teemes, 58/6, s. pi. teams. 



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Tell, 50/30, V. imp. count. 

Temmes lofe, I6/11, s. "that made of 
a mixture of wheat and rye out of 
which the coarser bran is taken." 
— T.R. ^^ Micke, a fine manchet ; 
the counti-y people of France call 
so also a loafe of boulted bread or 
tei?is bread." — Cotgrave. 

Temper, 91/2, s. condition. 

Tend, IO/39, v. imp. attend. 

Tendance, 56/53, ^- attention, care. 

Tendeth, 62/3, v. pr. t. attends to, 
looks after. 

Tere, I9/30, s. tares. 

Thacke, 5 3/ 12, s. thatch, roof covering. 
"Erige, holme or tkacke." — Huloet, 
1552. " Thakke, /'cg'w^w, tectitra." 
— Vocab. MS. 

Thacker, 86/24, •f- thatcher. "A proud 
ihacker of Theeva would laugh 
them to scorn." — Pilkington's 
Works, 381. 

Thee, 10/8, v. thrive, prosper. " A 
very late example of this word ; at 
this time it was nearly obsolete. 
A.S. theon, to thrive, flourish. 

" God that sittis in trinite, 
Gyffe thaym grace wel to the 
That lystyns me a whyle." 

MS. Cantab., Ff. v. 48, f. 47. 

Theeuerie, 86/12, s. dishonesty. 

Thencrease, 21/2, for the encrease = the 
increase, gain. 

Thend, 19/40, for "the end." 

Thetch, 57/32, s. thatch. 

Thicker, 74/2, adv. more frequently. 

Thies, 49/f, s, pi. thighs, limbs. A.S. 
theoh. Icel. thio. 

Thiller, 17/4, the shaft-horse, also the 
last horse in a team. A.S. thil, a 
pole or shaft. " Thylle horse, 
ve?-edus." — Prompt. Parv. 

Thoes, 19/40, pr. those. 

Thon, 110, the one. 

Thorow, 15/15, ^- P^ss through. 

Thother, 110, the other. 

Thresh, 90/3, '''• ^"^P- whip, thrash. 

Thresher, 86/13, J- a duster of furnitui-e. 

Thrift, page 3, s. fortune, success, pros- 
perity. Icel. i/irif. 

Thriftie, 59/i, adj. thrifty, economical. 

Thrift's ladder, o7/30, s. the ladder or 
road to fortune. 

Thry-fallowing, 06/1, s. " the third 
fallow ; perhaps also cross-fallow- 
ing." — Mavor. " The third plow- 
ing of a summer fallow." — T.R. 



Thwack, I8/3, v. imp. thump, beat 
together. 

Tiburne stretch, II3/35, an execution. 
See note. 

Tide, 63/2, pp. tied, fastened. 

Tidie, 57/22, adj. "An old word signi- 
fying neat, proper, or in season, 
from the word Tide." — T.R. 

Tieth, 06/19, •f- tithe. 

Tilman, I6/4, j'. farm labourers, plough- 
men, etc. 

Tilth, 4/2, s. tillage, cultivation. A.S. 
tii'S, from tilian, to till. 

Tilth, 47/2, "the ground tilled. 

Tilture, 38/21, s. tillage, cultivation. 

Time, 39/41, s. thyme. Greek Ov/lios, 
from fii'o), fumigate, and identical 
with Lat. fiimiis, from its being 
used in sacrifices. 

Timelie, 55/9, adv. in time. 

Timely, I6/19, '^'^'v- early, soon. 

Tine, 50/ 18, j. wild vetch or tare, a 
plant that tines or encloses and im- 
prisons other plants. Vicia hirsuta. 

Tith, 06/12, s. tithe. 

Tithers, IO/52, s. pi. payers of tithes. 

Tithing, IO/52, s. paying tithes or 
dues. 

Tits, 15/6, s. pi. horses. The phrase 
" a nice tit " is still in use. 

Titters, 50/i8, s. pi. a noxious weed 
amongst corn. 

Tittle tattle, 22/3, chattering, gossip- 
ping. 

To, \^ 16, prep, for, as. 

Tode, with an R, Qlji"], s. See note. 

Toesed, 113/5, pp. pulled, pinched. Cf. 
"to tease, or card wool." A.S. 
tcesan, to pull, pluck. 

Toieng, 6I/1, pr. p. playing, amusing 
ourselves. 

Toies, 57/34, s. pi. amusements, occu- 
pations. 

Toile, 2/1 1, s. labour, work. 

Tolleth, 55/12, v. pr. t. takes toll. 

Ton, .... tother, 55/8, the one . . . 
the other. 

Tone, 10/10, the one. 

Tooteth, 94/2, V. pr. t. looks or strives 
anxiously. " Tooting awA. prying." 
— Taylor's Workes, 1630, i. 1 19. 

Toppingly, 49/ 1, adj. ? 

Tost, 2/1 1, V. pt. t. agitated, harassed. 
Cf. tease. 

Touch, 57/43, •''• faith, honour, to keep 
touch, to keep faith, perform a 
promise. The phrase occurs in the 



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Ballad of " George Barnwell," 
line 42. 
Traie, 17/ 16, s. a mason's hod. 
Traine, 32/2, s. draw. Fr. trainer, 
from L. Lat. trahinare, from Lat. 
trahere. 
Transpose, 59/io, v. arrange, dispose 

of. 
Trauell, page 2, s. labour, work. Fr. 

travail. 
Trauerse, 59/2, v. start upon, proceed 

upon. 
Treachery, 9/27, ■*'• breach of faith, 

perfidy. 
Treene, 85/io, adj. wooden. 
Treu, 112/2, adj. true. 
Trick, 15/35, ^^^- neat, clean, tidy. 
Tricketh, 94/5, v. pr. t. dresses up, 

furnishes. 
Trickly, 73/3, adj. neat, tidy. 
Trim, 23/9, ^'- repair. 
Trim, 8/2, adv. quickly, at once, easily. 

A.S. trum. 

Trimlie, o7l'i4, adv. neatly, cleanly. 

Trinkets, 17/5, -f- /''• porringers (Halli- 

well), Ray gives : counterfeits and 

trinkets, s./>/. porringers and saucers. 

Cheshire. Seenote in Prompt. Parv. 

Triue, 59/2, v. pr. t. (for contrive), 

attempt, try. 
Trofife, 17/9, s. a trough. 
Trope, 28/2, s. a phrase. From Greek 
rpoTrbs, a turning, lit., the use of 
a word or expression in a different 
sense from that which properly 
belongs to it. 
Troth, l/i, s. truth. See an article on 
the derivation of this word in 
"Leaves from a Word Hunter's 
Note Book," by Rev. A. S. 
Palmer, 1876, p. 73. 
Trowleth, 59/6, v. pr. t. helps on, 
moves towards. Welsh troliaw, 
to troll or trundle. 
Trudge, 73/20, v. go, be spent. 
Trudgeth, IO/21, v. pr. t. labours, 

journey's far. 
Trull, 36/4, s. girl, lass. 
Trustilie, 9/22. adv. confidingly. 
Tullie, 111/5, Cicero. 
Tumb, IO6/15, .f. the tomb, grave. 
Tumbrel, I6/7, .f. a tumbril, a dung- 
cart. 
Turfe, 52/12, s. turf, peat. " Turfe 
of flagge, swarde of the erthe, 
cespes.''^ — Prompt. Parv. "A 
Turfe, cespes." — Cathol. Angl. 



Turnebroch, 8O/2, s. Before the intro- 
duction oi jacks, spits were turned 
either by dogs trained for the pur- 
pose, or by lads kept in the family, 
or hired, as occasion arose, to turn 
the spit, or broach. These boys 
were the Turn-broaches. See Hal- 
liwell. 

Turn up, 46/i8, v. deck, ornament. 

Twelftide, 90/2, s. Twelfth Day, i.e. 
January 6th, twelve days after 
Christmas. *' At the city of New 
Sarum is a very great faire for 
cloath at Tivelftyde called Twelfe 
Market." — Aubrey's Wilts. MS. 
Roy. Soc. p. 333. 

Twifallow, 50/23, ^- ^"^P- till twice, 
plough twice. See Trifallow. 

Twiggers, 35/28, s.pl. first-class breeders. 
See Halliwell, s.v. 

Twigging, 35/28, s. fast breeding. 

Twinlings, 35/28, s.pl. twins (accord- 
ing to Dr. Mavor, but see note). 

Twinning, 35/28, s. bearing twins. 

Twise, 59/11, adv. twice. 

Twitcher, 17/17, s. instruments used for 
clinching the hog-rings. — Mavor. 

Twitchis, 53/2, s. pi. wounds, cuts. 



U. 



Undeskanted, IO/39, pp. untalked of. 
Undoeth, IO/46, v. ruins, destroys. 
Unfainedlie, 9/38, adv. unfeignedly, in 

truth. 
Vnlustie, 19/24, ^^j- poor. 
Unmeete, 57/5, '^'^j- unfit. A.S. utima:te. 
Vnsauerie, 9/15, adj. wasteful, ruinous. 
Vnshaken, I6/34, adj. perfect, in good 

order, free from shakes. 
Vnspilt, 16/8, //. not wasted. 
Vntackle, 23/6, v. unyoke. 
Vntangled, 07/50, //. freed from the 

hop vines. 
Vnthrift, 6/3, s. a prodigal, spendthrift. 
Unthriftely, 9/30*, adv. wastefuUy. 
Usher, IO/17, s. doorkeeper. O. Fr. 

ussier, huissier, from uis, huts, a 

door. 



Vaine, 18/8, s. liking, fancy. 
Vainfull, 2/13, adj. vain, fickle. 
Valerian, 45/24, s. Valerian. Valeriana 

officinalis, Linn. 
Vance, 113/7, ^- advance. 



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Vantage, 3/7, s. advantage, profit. 

Vegetiue, 55/7, ^'^j- belonging to the 
plant. 

Vent, 19/27, s. sale, disposal. Yx.vente, 
from Lat. vendere, venditum, to 
sell. ' ' There is no vent for any 
commoditie except wool." — Sir W. 
Temple. 

Venter, 88/4, v. venture, risk. 

Ventrest, 19/35, v. pr. t. risk, venture. 

Vergis, I9/42, s. verjuice, the juice of 
crab-apples, or other unripe fruit." 
Fr. verjus, from vert, green and 
jus, juice. 

Verie, 82/4, adj. true, real. 

Verlets, 63/i8, s. pi. rascals, scoundrels. 
O. Fr. vai-let, vaslet, now valet. 

Vermin, 88/7, v. to destroy the vermin. 

Vew, 11 8/24, s. view, sight. 

Vewe, 75/7, v. view, examine. 

Vice, 64/19, •*■• buffoon. The fool or 
punchinello of old shows. " Light 
and lascivious poems, uttered by 
these buffoons or vices in plays." — 
Puttenham, ii. 9, p. 69. 

Villeny, 9/21, j. unfair or mean treat- 
ment. 

Vitleth, 97/1, v.pr. t. eats, dines. 

Vittels, 57/39, •*■- P^- provisions, food. 

Voyd, 64*/4, v. avoid. 

W. 

Wadling, 80/45, •*■• wattling, wattled 

fence. " Wattles are wood slit." 

— T.R. 
Wadmus (? Wadmul), page 37, note i, 

a very thick, coarse kind of woollen 

cloth, made originally of Iceland 

wool. Icel. vadnidl. Halliwell, 

s.v. Wadmal. 
Wag, 87/3, s. messenger. 
Waid, 1 1 8/40,//.considered.reflected on. 
Waieth, 99/5, Waith, IOI/5, v. pr. t. 

considers, reflects. 
Waight, 56/24, ^- /''• i- watch, wait 

about. 
Waights, 10/42, s. weights, measures. 
Waight, '99/i, v. attend or wait at table. 
Waine, 48/22, v. imp. fetch, bring, lit. 

to convey in a wain or wagon. 
Waine, I6/7, s. waggon, A.S. ween, 

wagen. 
Wake day, 90/5, ^- ^ village festival, 

kept originally on the day of the 

dedication of the parish church. 

See note. 



Walke, 48/17, -f- pasturing. 

Wallow, 102/2, V. pr. t. make dirty, 
cover. 

Wand, 33/45, 'v-imp. inclose with poles, 

Wanteth, 94/8, v. pr. t. is in want. 

Wantey, 17/5, ^- ^ rope or leathern 
girdle, by which burdens are tied 
to the back of a horse ; wamb-tie, 
a belly-band. 

Wanton, 90/5, ^- nierry girl. O.E. 
wantowen, from luan-, prefix signi- 
fying lack or want, and togen, pp. 
of tcon, to educate. 

Wardens, 34/26, s. pi. a large baking 
pear. ' ' I would have him roasted 
like a warden.^'' — Beau, and Flet, 

Warely, 114/2, adv. carefully, warily. 

Wares, 22/19, s. pi. productions. 

Warily, IO/34, «^z/. discreetly, cautiously. 
A.S. war. 

Warrener, 33/7, •*■• the keeper of a 
warren. 

Wart, 1 1 3/5, V. pr. t. wert, wast. 

Waster, 79/i, s. wasteful. 

Water furrow, 19/7, v. imp. draw fur- 
rows across the ridges in the lowest 
part of the ground to act as drains 
or water-courses. " A watir furre, 
elix." — Cathol. Anglicum. 

Water- retting, I6/25, s. retting is the 
process of steeping flax in water to 
separate the fibres. "Rettyntymber, 
hempe or other like, rigo, in/undo.'''' 
— Prompt. Parv. 

Wayest, IO/4, v. considerest. 

Weather, 57/5, ^- ^"^P- ^^Y i" the open 
air. 

Weene, 67/i2, v. pr. t. think. AS. 
wenan. 

Webster, 15/17, s. a weaver. A.S. 
wehhestre, a female weaver. 

*Wedehoke, 79, s. a weeding tool. 

Weeles, 36/31, s. pi. snares or traps for 
fish made of osiers or twigs. " A 
week, a wicker net, wherewith 
fishes being once entred, there is 
no way for them to get out ; a bow 
net. " — Nomenclator. 
" There plenty is of roches, bleakes, or 

eeles, 
Which fishermen catche in their nets 
and weeles." 
Newe Metamorphosis, 1600. 

Wefte, 84/ 1, s. a loss. 

Well a fine, II8/9, to a good end or 
ptirpose. 

Welthines, IO/36, s. plenty, wealth. 

Wenches, 67/34, ^- P^- ghls. 



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Wennel, 2O/28, s. a calf just weaned. 
" A lambe, or a kidde, or a 'wea7tell 
wast." — Spenser, Shep. Cal. Sep- 
tember. 

Wether, 9O/7, s. weather. 

Wheat pkims, 34/27, s. pi. a large 
fleshy plum, sometimes called the 
bastard Orleans plum. 

Wheele ladder, 17/6, s. "probably a 
frame on the side of a cart to sup- 
port hay or corn when the load is 
to be increased." — Mavor. 

Whelpe, 95/2, s. child. 

Whereas, 21/25, adv. wherever. 

Whight, 15/12, C(^'. white. 

Whinnes, 53/i2, s. pi. whin, furze. 

Whipstock, 21/14, ^- the handle of a 
whip. 

" Bought you a whistle, and a -whip- 
stalk too, 
To be revenged on their villainies." 

Span. Tragedy, iii. 180. 
Whist, 64*/lO, V. be silent, be hushed. 

" Keepe the whisht, and thou shalt 

heare it the. sooner." — Terence in 

Eng. 1 64 1. 
Whit, 2/4, s. a point, no whit, not in 

the slightest degree. A.S. luiht, a 

creature, thing. Gothic waiht. 
Whitch, 35/6, which sort. 
Whit leather, I7/4, s. leather dressed 

with alum, salt, etc., remarkable 

for its pliability and toughness. 

"I think I'm as hard as a nut, and 

as tough as whit- leather.'''' — Howitt. 
Whitemeat, Whitmeat, 4 7/20, s. eggs, 

milk, butter, cheese, etc. 
Wicket, 77/9, s. mouth. 
Wight, 3/6, s. person, man. A.S. xviht. 

Gothic zuaiht. 
Wild otes fantasie, 9/30*, the fancies or 

excesses of youth. Cf. " sowing 

his wild oats." 
Wiles, 113/18, s.pl. tricks, deceits. 
Wilfull, 35/4, adj. ready, hasty. 
Wimble, 1 7/6, s. auger. ' ' An auger or 

wi7nble, wherwith holes are bored, 

tereb7-a and terebmm." — Baret's 

Aluearie, 1580. G^/>«/t'/is thedimin. 

from wimble. 
Wine, 51/21, V. imp. win, make to 

please. 
Wit, I6/3, s. sense, good judgment. 

A.S. witt. 
Wither, 57/20, ^i. dry. 
Wonne, 75/3, pp. managed, made up. 
Wood, 13/5, "'i'- mad. A.S. wod. 



Woodrofe, 44/i7, s. sweet woodruff, 
Asperula odorata. A.S. wudiirSfe. 

Woodsere, 51/6, s. the month or season 
for cutting wood ; but see next 
word. " If wood be cut after the 
sunne decline from us till he come 
to the equinoctial (which time 
they call woodsere), it will never 
grow againe." — Heydon, Def. of 
Astrology, 1 603. 

Woodsere, 53/ 15, s. "By woodsere is 
meant decayed or hollow Pollards." 
— T.R. ; but in his note to this 
passage he says, " Woodsere is 
the season of felling wood." — T.R. 

Woorser, IO/32, Worser, 63/i5, adv. 
worse, a double comparative. A.S. 
luyrsa. 

Woorth, 1 1 2/7, s. in worth = for what 
I am worth, i.e. as I can, what I 
can get. 

Wot, 94/4. V. pr. t. ye know not what, 
an indefinite expression. 

Wote, 10/21, V. pr. t. know. A.S. 
witan ; //. t. Ic zoat, I know. 

Wounder, 2/2, s. wounder, slayer. A.S. 
wwidian, to wound. 

Wrall, 101/4, v. pr. t. quarrel. 

Wraught, II3/35, //. supplied, fur- 
nished. 

Wrauling, 92/i, s. quarrelling. 

Wrecke, 114/2, v. wreak, vent. A.S. 
ivrecan. 

Wrest, 11/ 1, V. turn, force away. 

Wrest, 10/61, V. steal away, plunder. 

Wresting, 89/13, •*'• struggling for, 
fighting for. 

Wright, 68/1, z;. write. 

Wringer, 2/13, s. extortioner. 

Write, 86/10, V. imp. mark, write the 
name on. 

Wud, 33/16, s. wood. A.S. tvudti. 

W^ill, 35/21, s. wool. A.S. ivull. 
Gothic wulla. 



Yarn, 2I/13, v. pr. t. earn. K.^. gear- 
tiiaii. 

Yeane, 33/21, v. bring forth young. 
A.S. eanian. 

Yeerlie, 63/21, ar/z/. ? = yarely, readily. 
K.'&. geanc. 0.\^. Ocx. gam. 

Yerke, 64*/9, v. kick, wince. "They 
flirt, they yerk, they backward 
fling." — Drayton. " Tire, a kick, 
yark, jerk, jert." — Cotgrave. 



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